• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Television always represents religious people as out of touch with the modern world." Discuss.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

" Television always represents religious people as out of touch with the modern world." On one hand I agree with this statement because a few programmes that are on television today are only aimed at relatively small audiences. They don't cater for a very wide range of people like most modern TV shows do. A couple of examples of this are 'Songs of Praise' and 'My Favourite Hymns'. Both programmes are heavily based on hymns and do not cater for the needs and interests of the younger generation. Both programmes were first made many years ago and haven't changed with the times. They are both for the very small audience who want to go church but who can't actually make it. ...read more.

Middle

There are many programmes on television that represent Christians as out of touch through characters in the programme. They represent them as always preaching to others, strange and dull people. Some good examples of this are 'The Simpsons', 'Brookside' and 'Neighbours'. All of these programmes have characters that are like the description above. Ned Flanders and Reverend Lovejoy in 'The Simpsons', Bridget in 'Brookside' and Harold Bishop in 'Neighbours'. These characters are always put in because this is the stereotypical religious fanatic. Also in programmes on TV everything is taken to extremes and exaggerated. This happens to all the characters not just the religious ones. On the other hand today there is a far wider variety of religious programmes than there was ever before. ...read more.

Conclusion

They also appeal to different age groups. 'The Ark' is aimed at smaller children and aims to tell them the bible stories through use of cartoons and puppets to make them seem more accessible. 'The Heaven and Earth Show' as mentioned above is also aimed at a younger audience but it explains religion through current issues. Not all programmes represent religious peoples as out of touch with the modern world. There are many examples of where they show religion in a good light. Geraldine in 'The Vicar of Dibley' is represented as very smart and with the times. She is both funny and not represented as a stereotype vicar. Sister Helen in 'Dead Man Walking' is represented as kind and caring as she helped all the convicts on death row. It showed that Christians aren't scared of criminals and aren't the stereotypical wimp. Duncan Robinson-Slater 11E2 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Religion in the Media section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Religion in the Media essays

  1. Discuss the merits of theories of secularisation with regard to religion in modern Britain

    We can briefly look at both arguments, starting with the idea that the evidence of the Church's involvement in the affairs of government in the past is not very strong. The main theme here is the question of whether or not it is possible to identify some "golden age" of

  2. Describe the Variety of specifically religious programmes on the main television channels:

    Creatures in long black coats that make unpleasant noises take the soul away. However, if the soul or ghost of a person is going to heaven then bright lights shine over them and have the free will to walk to heaven.

  1. Give your responce to the view that 'Television always presents religious people as out ...

    Nevertheless, Dot suffered enormous guilt as a result. Dot is also represented as in touch with the modern world as she is able to understand and relate to the younger characters, and she is often approached for advice, showing that her opinion is valued and often has a positive outcome.

  2. There are religious specific programmes and non-specific religious programmes

    I disagree because programmes like 'Songs of Praise' and 'The Vicar of Dibley' make Christian's life seem real. They make Christians like normal people and they are made a part of the society.

  1. Discuss the merits of theories of secularisation with regard to religion in modern Britain

    god or a higher power, while 10% of people never believed in god. From these statistics only 27% of people regularly pray and 21% regularly attend organised religious service. This suggests that the majority of people retain religious beliefs, but only small proportions of people are institutionally active within an ecclesial setting.

  2. Describe the variety of specifically religious programmes on terrestrial T.V.

    It has also figured on the BBC's Crimewatch UK programme, so it has been covered well, and in my opinion, is a fairly balanced topic in which neither side are focused upon more, making it an unbiased article. QUESTION (ONE)

  1. Televisions representation of religious people.

    as they might have an arranged marriage and want to understand the prospects they go through. Other races may also watch it as they might want to gain a greater understanding of what an arrange marriage involves. Some people may not find this programme interesting as they know it will not affect them and don't really care.

  2. "Television always present religious people as out of touch with the modern world".

    such as affairs and murders, because she does not believe in such talk. The character Ned Flanders from the popular cartoon, Simpsons is also represented as "out of touch". He has to young boys who have been brought up to be devout Christians, and recently lost his wife.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work