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Religion And Reality Tv

Author : Mara Einstein
ISBN : 9781134792146
Genre : Religion
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Why is reality television flourishing in today's expanding media market? Religion and Reality TV: Faith in Late Capitalism argues that the reality genre offers answers to many of life's urgent questions: Why am I important? What gives my life meaning? How do I present my best self to the world? Case studies address these questions by examining religious representations through late capitalist lenses, including the maintenance of the self, the commodification of the sacred, and the performance of authenticity. The book's 14 essays explore why religious themes proliferate in reality TV, audiences' fascination with "lived religion," and the economics that make religion and reality TV a successful pairing. Chapters also consider the role of race, gender and religion in the production and reception of programming. Religion and Reality TV provides a framework for understanding the intersection of celebrity, media attention, and American beliefs and values. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of religion and media studies, communication, American studies, and popular culture.
Category: Religion

Exploring Religion And The Sacred In A Media Age

Author : Christopher Deacy
ISBN : 0754665275
Genre : Religion
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In recent years, there has been growing awareness across a range of academic disciplines of the value of exploring issues of religion and the sacred in relation to cultures of everyday life. Exploring Religion and the Sacred in a Media Age offers inter-di
Category: Religion

Understanding Reality Religion

Author : Hiley Ward
ISBN : 9780595453986
Genre : Religion
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You know the Big questions. When did it all begin? Before creation, what? Before that? Where was I 10,000 years ago? When will it all end? But I suppose that the question that bothers people most is: How can God, the omnipotent, the Creator, be good when there is so much evil in the world? Here is an attempt to face up to the eternal, unsolvable contradictory questions about God, Jesus, the church and the practice of faith in the Christian life. Without negating traditional religion concepts, God is embraced in all of his attributes. He has a dark side. He is jealous, egotistical, cruel, tyrannical, killer of innocent hordes. He is also recognized as a great deliverer, lover of good, supporter of mankind, and a generally good companion. The Christian opts to address this second image of God, the beneficent. The author has struggled with the definition and nature of God all his life. He has found that he can question God and acknowledge his/her dark side while at the same time love God and bask in his presence and love. Here is a new kind of spiritual journey-intellectually honest and committed in faith.
Category: Religion

Black Women S Portrayals On Reality Television

Author : Donnetrice C. Allison
ISBN : 9781498519335
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book critically analyzes how the perpetuation of negative racial and gender stereotypes in reality television influences how the U.S. views black women.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Religion Consumerism And Sustainability

Author : L. Thomas
ISBN : 9780230306134
Genre : Social Science
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To varying degrees, classic religions are associated with critique of materialistic values. Onto this opposition of the market and the temple other binaries have been grafted, so that 'North' and the 'West' are portrayed as secular and materialistic, 'South' and 'East' either as 'tigers' pursuing western-style affluence and economic growth or locked into retrospective fundamentalisms. These characterisations are called into question in a context of diversity and global movements of peoples and goods. In this collection this complexity is addressed in an analysis of the interconnections between religious and consumption practices and cultures, and the ways in which both are responding to the ecological threat posed by continuous economic growth. International in scope, the book combines empirical and theoretical work in its attempt to interrogate the traditional opposition of spiritual and materialistic values, and to explore the interplay of religious and consuming passions in contemporary cultures. This analysis leads to a consideration of the ways in which religions and secular spiritualities can contribute to a new ecological consciousness, and to the adoption of less destructive and rapacious ways of life.
Category: Social Science

Reality Tv

Author : Stephen Faller
ISBN : 9780827232723
Genre : Performing Arts
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With more than 400 reality programs in the United States, it's no secret that "Reality TV" has infiltrated the homes of America. Even shows that are sticking to fiction tend to grab plotlines from today's headlines, further blurring the distinction between "reality" and fiction. Reality television has not just carved out a niche in our viewing schedules, but has gone on to take a relevant role in today's culture. From the very beginning, the Christian church has been in dialogue with the contemporary culture. The idea that the Gospel is always a contextual proclamation, is always relevant, and speaks to all believers no matter what is happening in society is a core belief for Christians. Reality TV: Theology in the Video Era introduces readers to a new way of viewing this phenomenon and explores some of the most popular reality programs while seeking to understand video and media from a Christian perspective. The very nature of video and the way programs are made communicate a set of values and presuppositions that define our postmodern society. Specifically articulating the theology of these images, Stephen Faller offers readers a deeper understanding of their prime time viewing. With discussion questions at the end of each chapter, Reality TV is perfect for any adult discussion group.
Category: Performing Arts

Reality Television And Arab Politics

Author : Marwan Kraidy
ISBN : 9780521769198
Genre : Business & Economics
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What does it mean to be modern outside the West? Based on a wealth of primary data collected over five years, Reality Television and Arab Politics analyzes how reality television stirred an explosive mix of religion, politics, and sexuality, fuelling heated polemics over cultural authenticity, gender relations, and political participation in the Arab world. The controversies, Kraidy argues, are best understood as a social laboratory in which actors experiment with various forms of modernity, continuing a long-standing Arab preoccupation with specifying terms of engagement with Western modernity. Women and youth take center stage in this process. Against the backdrop of dramatic upheaval in the Middle East, this book challenges the notion of a monolithic "Arab Street" and offers an original perspective on Arab media, shifting attention away from a narrow focus on al-Jazeera, toward a vibrant media sphere that compels broad popular engagement and contentious political performance.
Category: Business & Economics

Revise For Religious Studies Gcse

Author : Sarah K. Tyler
ISBN : 043530710X
Genre : Religious education
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This Revision Guide is tailored to exactly match the Edexcel Religion and Life specification, with specific coverage of Christianity and Islam to cover everything students need to get the best marks in the exam.
Category: Religious education

Consuming Reality

Author : J. Deery
ISBN : 9781137007681
Genre : Social Science
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Engaging in a comprehensive examination of reality TV's advertising and promotional strategies, as well as the commodification of viewers, Consuming Reality dissects the unique and startling relation between mediation and consumption.
Category: Social Science

Reality Tv

Author : Anita Biressi
ISBN : 9780231850261
Genre : Social Science
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This book analyses new and hybrid genres of television including observational documentaries, talk shows, game shows, docu-soaps, dramatic reconstructions, law and order programming and 24/7 formats such as Big Brother and Survivor.
Category: Social Science