The Presentation of Religion on Television

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The Presentation of Religion on Television
In his book, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, Neil Postman makes the argument that religion has become a form of entertainment through the medium of television. Postman argues that the medium has changed the message and meaning of religion such that it no longer offers spiritual significance, but instead is devoted primarily to entertainment, pleasure, and amusement.
According to Postman, religion is depicted on television purely as a form of entertainment. He writes, “Everything that makes religion an historic, profound and sacred human activity is stripped away; there is no ritual, no dogma, no tradition, no theology, and above all, no sense of spiritual...
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.....e advent of religious programming on television. While preachers such as Billy Graham and Pat Robertson might have, in the past, believed that the medium could be used to serve a religious message, it is nearly impossible to do so (Postman 118). Television is too enmeshed in the world of entertainment, the secular, and the profane to even allow a serious religious message to be conveyed through it. Producers might try to add a religious tone to certain shows, but no matter what, the pleasure and satisfaction of watching television comes from its significance as an entertainment medium.
Works Cited
Postman, Neil. “The Typographical Mind,” Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. New York: Penguin, 1985, 2006.