Mediated Encounters

Authored by: John C. Lyden

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Popular Culture

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415638661
eBook ISBN: 9781315724478
Adobe ISBN: 9781317531067


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As we begin to examine the particular ways in which religion and popular culture interact, we first look to “mediated” encounters of the two. Modern media include a variety of forms that convey sounds and images through electronic means to a wider audience than was ever possible at previous times in human history. These media developed in the early twentieth century first with radio and movies, but have evolved into a gigantic and pervasive industry that is related to almost every activity of people living in modern technological societies. The implications of this pervasiveness are not yet fully understood, largely because of the recent and rapid nature of developments such as high-speed interactive media. What is clear is that how we communicate with each other and even how we understand community has changed greatly, and this has significant implications also for how religion is understood and conveyed.

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