Mediatization Of Religion

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Upon assessment of the technologically advanced societies of the 21st century, it is evident that the media have expanded to almost all areas of society and permeates the majority of social institutions, and subsequently make up a pervasive network (Castells, 1996) through which almost all human interaction and communication must be filtered. The mediatization of religion is an expansive, complex and detailed process which has taken place over a matter of time. It has often been discounted and invalidated by scholars and theorists alike, but detailed studies and expansive research has contradicted those invalidations. To examine the mediatization of religion it is essential to assess the institution under validated frameworks provided by theorists,…show more content…
Hjarvard, 2011, 2013). As conduits, media have become an extremely important source of information about religion within society. Various forms of media such as news, social network, and film and television drama have become primary resources of knowledge and experiences about religion with traditional religious organisations playing a role of lesser significance. The expansive growth of the media has not gone unnoticed by the church and other religious actors, there has been a certain growth in terms of religions trying to regain control through the various forms of new media, using it in order to connect with other believers and distribute information in relation to the particular religion. The traditional religious media has lay dormant for some time with texts such as the Bible, genres such as sermons, becoming discredited and playing less of a role in the circulation of religious information. The centralized control of information by religious organisations has become a conflicting factor making it progressively laborious due to the mass media’s predominantly secular orientation towards this kind of information which has resulted in the distributed, network-like character of various interactive…show more content…
The framing of religion and religious issues is often credited to journalistic news media, with actors complying with the demands of the journalistic news media in order to get attention. Religious organisations are more than aware of the power bestowed upon the journalistic news media, they have the power to influence, encourage and discount the masses religious thoughts and ideals. Stories involving religion ranging from complimentary to eradicating are all implied and considered to be ‘news worthy’, with religious actors having to conform to the role as a news source. Religion have fought to regain some control with the initiatives to develop their own media ventures like religious television stations, religious newspapers and religious resources online in order to perpetuate their version of religion from their viewpoint, unharmed by secular media. Due to the abundant growth of the internet and social network media, religious actors have now acquired new approaches of interacting with potential followers/believers. Examining the religious media of the USA, it is clear that the media has played an integral role in the formation and continuation of certain religions, for example televangelism has played
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