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I blame Ronald Reagan and the news media. Broadcast through both secular and religious media, a conservative perspective on the relationships between God and government, individual freedom and civic responsibility shifted the American religious imaginary — a shared notion of what matters and why — and legitimated the economic policies and political practices that gave rise both to Donald Trump and to the citizenry that supports his candidacy.
His saints were not responsible for making everyone equal, but rather for extending justice, mercy, and, whenever possible, economic assistance. Yet the manner in which those beliefs are engaged and enacted has shifted over time. But the social and cultural upheavals of the s, followed by the cataclysms of the s from Vietnam and the oil embargo to the Iranian hostage crisis and stagflationdoomed that expansive outlook.
Incandidate Ronald Reagan offered voters a new vision that affirmed the rightness of faith, the wrongness of Communism, and the importance of free markets and limited government. Freedom is more than an existential notion; it is embodied in the political freedom of democracy, the spiritual freedom of religious liberty, and the economic freedom of free markets and limited government.
The entwining of religious and political freedom was written into the First Amendment, but a full-throated religious rationale for free markets and small government is more recent. Reagan, a Christian believer, likewise assumed Biblical support for free markets and limited government, as well as for personal responsibility and social conservatism.
The flip side to his commitment to democracy was his aversion to godless Communism. Following the election, Reagan mainstreamed this religio-political vision through speeches and interviews that wove current events into narratives that reflected his worldview.
The news media, bound to cover the commander-in-chief, reported his positions as objectively as possible. Mainstreaming particular positions, however, could not in itself produce lasting political change.
That change would require a new understanding of the American religious imaginary, which tied political, social, and economic issues to a divine plan.
The Reagan-inspired imaginary did just that, and also resonated with diverse publics. Roosevelt, have drawn on religious language to promote their agendas.
Most employed a generic Protestantism that respected religious pluralism. But early in the presidential race, Reagan signaled his support for a particular religious group with a specific political agenda.
He launched his campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where three civil rights activists had been slain 16 years earlier. Just a few weeks later, he appealed to 15, conservative evangelicals meeting in Dallas. Professional standards assumed the president was newsworthy, which is how Reagan introduced the concept of evil into the debate about the nuclear freeze movement.
Aligning secular news narratives with evangelical media messages gave additional dynamism to the new religious imaginary, as mainstream and countercultural narratives converged. The latter group had previously campaigned to protect tax exemptions for segregated Christian schools.
|Furthermore, there are other factors which might cause an increase in violent activity amongst youths such as the rise in the number of dual-income families, a proven contributor to childhood delinquency as the child is not cared for as much as in past times. Therefore, although there is some truth in the allegations that the media is responsible for violence in society, to say that it is solely responsible for violence amongst youths while eschewing the other factors as well would be an exaggeration, but not a gross one, as there is still evidence to show that it could possibly be as evil as purported.|
|The Christian and Social Media by David Maxson "Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding" Proverbs|
|Social Media: A Tool for Good or Evil? - Holmes Murphy||Stewart October Updated May The Bush Administration and the Military Industrial Complex the criminal relationship between Wall Street, the Pentagon and the White House got caught red-handed committing the attacks; but the mainstream newsmedia is so powerful in America that they successfully led Americans instead to deceitfully believe that a crazy Arab with a laptop in a cave in Afghanistan did it.|
|But what if we could take this awful monster, slap some tackle on that bad boy and harness it for our own good? Studies show that positive reinforcement works much better than negative reinforcement in terms of motivation.|
Reagan courted this group throughout the campaign. While some journalists concluded he was playing to the crowd, others recalled his reliance upon religious allusions earlier in his career.
After college and a stint as a radio sports announcer, Reagan went to Hollywood, where, during his presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, he secretly informed on colleagues whom he suspected of Communist sympathies.
Between andas a spokesman for General Electric, he traveled nationwide, touting the links among American business, free enterprise, and religious values. If asked, he shared his strong anticommunist sentiments, disparaging containment — the Cold War policy of restraining the Soviet Union rather than defeating it outright.
By the mid- to late s, Reagan had had a born again experience, was a member of Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, and was active in the Southern California evangelical network — a group that provided a dependable base for his gubernatorial campaign and subsequent presidential race.
But byhis standing with evangelicals was shaky.The Christian and Social Media. by David Maxson "Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding" (Proverbs ). Like it or not, social media is here to stay.
While we shouldn't overreact to the dangers of this new media, we must not ignore them either.
What Is a Social Evil? A: Quick Answer.
Historically, a great many phenomena have been labeled social evils. According to the University of Chicago Press, in the early 20th century, philanthropist Joseph Rowntree was among the first to use the term in Britain.
For Rowntree, the worst evils were “gambling, war, slavery and poverty.”. Social Media: A Tool for Good or Evil? By Bobbi Larsen. Simply put, social media can be a great tool to keep in contact with people, post updates about your life, Tweet interesting photos, etc.
But if you’re not careful, it can also land you in a whole lot of hot water.
Always think about the repercussions before posting anything! The great difference from the novel is a practical one, given the contemporary ubiquity of cellphones and the ability to download any book in existence at the tap of a thumbprint.
In Bahrani’s. The media does not stand guilty to the extent it has been blamed for, however, it is still culpable for some of evils it is blamed for, such as spreading consumerist tendencies. Even so, one must consider that there are other groups and factors responsible for the aforementioned evils.
A viral video on the evils of social media has ironically taken the internet by storm, with it's sentimental story of a love that never happened thanks to one boy's infatuation with his phone.