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GCSE: Religion in the Media
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Most people don't believe in God because they can't see him. But I once heard a great description; "God is like the wind, you cant see it physically but you can see the effect of it and it working in things." You can see the wind working in fans ect, like you can see God working in people. I believe this rule is not relevant to society any more, because it only really affects the Christians, its in the top 4 religious rules of the commandments. It could affect society if the people wanted it to, and became believers.
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Since then it has evolved into a programme which gives information, shows us different church communities around the country and tells real life stories about people interviewed from all over the world. For example, on a recent show someone from an emergency rescue team was interviewed who told us a story about how he had saved someone's life that was stranded in the ocean. 'Songs of Praise' has changed because less people attend church so they would not know what happens in a church service.
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She writes to the magazine with her fantastic imaginative writing. She aspires to be a writer but her parents are not interested because they just want her to pass all of her exams. When a new girl moves in next door to Meena and her family the whole story starts to unravel. The girl that moved in next door was Anita. She is a leggy 14-year-old blonde who ahs a rebellious streak which is manly caused by her turbulent home environment. When Anita befriends Meena, she is overwhelmed because Meena looks up to Anita because she is the first real friend she's ever had because many people turn away form her because of her skin colour.
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21 36 1960 9918 52709 19 24 1980 7529 56353 13 9 2000 5862 59122 10 4 Hamilton who carried out his research in 2001 also points out that fewer people are church members (see the above table). His research shows clearly organisations such as the Church of England and the Catholic church have rapidly declined. Briery also points out that religion is becoming age biased and more elder people go to the church then younger people. This can be shown from the table below: Percentage of churchgoers ages 65, 1979-99 Church 1979 1989 1999 Anglican 19 22 29 Catholic
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Overall BBC 1 had the most programmes on. Documentaries Documentaries are all about facts. Religious documentaries often discuss a range of different issues from 'should there be women priests', 'to euthanasia or is there life after death'. One of the documentaries we watched in an RE lesson, was about Audrey Santos and whether she could perform miracles. Some Christians believe in miracle healings following Jesus example. On the other hand, other Christians do not believe in miracles because they say it was just luck. In RE we watched a documentary called 'A girl who makes miracles.' It was about a girl called Audrey Santos. In August 1987 at 3.00pm, she drowned in a pond.
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I think that this is based at adults because of the complex language that were used. I think that theses types of programs are in touch with the modern world because they look at recent issues and they have lots of different content; at least some of which is going to be relevant to the modern day viewer. An example of this type of show is "The Heaven and Earth show". The episode that I watched discussed how Muslims living in the UK were sometimes discriminated against because of the views of extreme Muslims. This type of show is lively and colourful, it allows people to send in text messages to voice their opinions.
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Describe, analyse and explain the variety of specifically religious programmes on the four terrestrial TV channels.
to meet demands, leaving fewer hours for less popular religious broadcasting. Other factors affecting the amount of religious television broadcasting are the religious backgrounds of the television companies. The BBC's head of religious programming, an Anglican Vicar, resigned in 2000 due to what he saw as the 'increasing marginalisation of religion on television'. An agnostic replaced him. This is likely to have reduced the amount of broadcasting on the BBC that is aimed at strictly religious audiences. The programme editor of the BBC, David Kremer, now considers the target audience to be the 'vaguely religious'.
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Religion is simply a brain-washing control device to make individuals behave in the way that the middle class wants them to.'
Objectives: 1. The questions in my questionnaire will be balanced between open and closed questions because I want to gather as much data from my research as possible. I think this will be useful so I can use figures as clear evidence but also can generalise people's answers to see if there are any patterns in respondent's ideas. 2. As there will be 100 questionnaires issued I will try to get as even a number as possible of religious and non religious people answering so the data collected is not biased.
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The Heaven and Earth Show also investigates different parts of religion, like the spiritual side. Many famous people and ordinary working class citizens are both interviewed about their religion and their opinions on it. Ultimately, the phone in section of the show is where people phone in and state their views on important subjects. In conclusion, a magazine show is very interesting and is not always about religion, although all topics covered have some religious justification. In this particular episode, best selling writer, Maya Angelou told Hannah Scott-Joynt about the power of love, her passion for food and why she can never really leave home.
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Many feasts and drinking parties, Kosmos, were thrown during the festival in Dionysus' name, giving the festival a strong religious overtone. Another ritual performed by the citizens was the phallus procession. Little detail is known about the pre-play ceremonies however the parade of a phallus is believed to be derived from 'a characteristic myth of resistance to the advent of Dionysia.2' This myth tells of how the Athenians spurned Pegasus of Eleutherae when he first came to Athens with an image of Dionysia.
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Describe and analyse the variety of specifically religious programmes on British terrestrial television.
Where have we come from? Where are we going?' Although the 'God slot' has been abandoned, there are still many programmes related to religion in a vague way, so much so that there are three types of main religious programmes; magazine, religious documentaries and worship. The most popular worship-type program on television today is 'songs of praise' which has a time of 6.30-7pm every Sunday. The programme is usually broadcasted from different Christian churches in Britain each week, and about 6 popular hymns are sung.
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The BBC has to attract at least 20% of those watching T.V at any one time. This is why programmes appeal to members of the Church of England (which is the state religion) Some churches leaders feel that there are not enough religious programmes on TV. In 1998 the Archbishop of York complained that there would be no church services broadcasted on any religious Christian day. He is the chairman of the CENTRAL RELIGIOUS ADVISORY COUNSIL (CRAC) which is a multi faith body advising the BBC and ITV on their religious programmes. There is a wide range of worship on magazine programmes shown on TV. Some appear every Sunday, others at various times around the year.
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People could then e-mail or phone in with their own opinions. There was an interview with Ken Dodd the comedian who said how important laughter is and that we should use our 'chuckle muscle'. We also learnt a bit about the Baha religion from a comedian performing at the Edinburgh Festival. The 'real' vicar of Dibley briefly talked about cheating and used newspaper articles. A survivor of the Vietnam War talked about her injuries and how she became a Christian and was able to forgive.
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The first argument for the idea that religious language is meaningless is logical positivism, a branch of philosophy that sprouted the idea of the verification principle. This idea first came about in the early work of Ludvig Wittgenstein, who put forward a picture theory of language. This is a simple form of the verification principle that basically says that the only statements that are meaningful are those which can be depicted in the minds eye, for example "the cat sat on the mat."
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A couple of examples of religious documentaries are 'Paradise Found' and 'Two Thousand Years'. Two Thousand Years charts the progress of Christianity through the ages, it uses quite complex visuals and is narrated by Melvyn Bragg. Paradise found takes a minor celebrity, such as a soap actor, and follows them to a religious retreat then documents the personal and spiritual journeys they undertake whilst there. Both of these programs may appeal to religious and non-religious adults. Two Thousand Years may appeal more to non-religious adults than Paradise Found because as well as religion it also details segments of world history.
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It seems to be aimed at the very religious and people of Christian faith. In an interview, Dame Vera Lynn pays tribute to her friend, the first ever-royal centenarian, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The interview was shown in special programme to mark the Queen Mother's 100th birthday - 30th July 2000. In the General Election year, it looked back at the politicians who have been associated with the programme. For Example the interview with William Hague was first shown in a Songs of Praise programme from Wensleydale - 10th December 2000.
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Simon Biagi and Amanda Redington sitting on a sofa present this show and there is a phone-in for every item so that the audience can be involved. The programme last for a whole hour and typical programme had the following items: * The mind and mind festival in Manchester with discussion of new age ideas and alternative medicines. * An interview with Yuri Geller discussing his alleged psychic powers, from fork bending to mind reading Russian political for the C.I.A: * Recipes for the Sunday lunch: * Sex, lies and cover up - a discussion with 2 American Christians about
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It is widely known that adults who have come home from work television mostly in the evenings. The most popular religious programmes are still being shown on a Sunday, the traditional day of rest for Christians. Programmes such as 'Songs of Praise', 'My Favourite Hymns' and 'Sunday Night' are examples. Many of these shows being described as "inspiration to peoples' lives". They are a combination of singing hymns, prayers and famous people's reflections on life. There are other programmes such as 'The Vicar of Dibley' and 'Father Ted' etc that are entertaining comedies.
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Religion, according to Marx, was needed to legitimate inequality in class societies, but capitalism would eventually be replaced by classless communism, and religion would cease to have any social purpose. Many contemporary sociologists have followed in the footsteps of the founders. They have argued that science and rationality, the decline of traditional values, and the increasingly specialized division of labour, would tend to undermine religion in particular and faith and non-rational beliefs in general. Modern societies are seen to be incompatible with the retention of a central role for religion.
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