Relationship Between Media And Media

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The power of media in our modern world is undeniable. Media plays a role in virtually every person’s life, whether small or integral to their everyday routine. Consequently, media has impacted every realm of modern life—even religion. Although there are many contemporary factors that are influential in shaping the future of religion in America, the role of media is the most important to consider, not only because of its effect on religious practices, but because of its function in pluralism.
It probably isn’t difficult to think of examples of religion in media. From books to television to the internet, religion exists in all media categories, some specifically for religious teachings and practices, and some merely because its creator was religious. Even the invention of the printing press in 1450, as Dr. Weight discusses in Lesson 5, began the mass distribution of what would become the best-selling book of all time: the Bible (Weight 5). Clearly, the connection between religion and the media has existed since what we consider media today was invented. Now in our modern age, what began as the dissemination of the printed religious word has grown into an extensive portion of media. This is perhaps best summarized by Kevin J. Christiano in Sociology of Religion when he describes religious media as “a massive market in religious artifacts; a flood of books from religious presses; videotapes, CDs, and DVDs from religious producers; a flourishing of religious messages on the
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