Special issue on the subject of Mass media and in particular the Catholic Church and mass media.
"Our readers, advisors and the editors of 'Concilium' have, for years, urged us to devote a special issue of the journal to the topic of mass media. The media are too important culturally and socially to ignore. They shape our perception of reality. The topic of mass media is very large. Our special optic on the theme tries to put together the church and the mass media. We ask ourselves two basic questions: 1. What does the church need to know about the media to negotiate its use and to fulfil its mission of discernment about modern culture ? 2. What contributions can theology or the church make to our understanding and use of the media ? .... In the end, throughout this issue, we try to provide our readers with three important end-products: 1. a better understanding of how the media work technically, how they shape the way we see the world and react to it; 2. attention to a hermeneutics of the media, how we need to 'read' it as a text and learn to negotiate our own meanings by 'talking back to the media'; and 3. the moral and value issues involved in debates about the media. we are interested, in what follows, not just in the content of the media but in the media as a context in which we live". --Editorial.
Contents: Editorial: What the Church Needs to Know about the Mass Media / John A. Coleman and Miklos Tomka -- I: The Media as Cultural and Social Phenomena -- The Sociology of the Media / John A. Coleman -- The Media: Technique and Culture / John M. Staudenmaier -- Democratization and Control of the Media: The Issues and the Debate / Joan Hemels -- Internationalization of the Media / William E. Biernatzki -- Eastern Europe: The Media in Transition -- II: The Church and the Media -- The Electronic Trap: Theological Remarks on Televised Worship / Johann Baptist Metz -- The Church and the Mass Media / Gregory Baum -- Church Documents and the Media / Paul A. Soukap -- How the Churches Deal with the Media / Ottmar Fuchs -- The Bishops and Abortion: A Case Study in Reporting Church News / Michael A. Russo -- Religion Observed: The Impact of the Medium on the Message / Kenneth L. Woodward -- 'Young Man, Come Down from the Pulpit!': The Experiences of a Theologian in Secular Political Journalism / Arnd Henze -- Special Column: Veritatis Splendor / Lisa Sowle Cahill -- Contributors.
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