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Media Worldviews

  1. 1. Media and Worldviews Kerby Anderson Probe Ministries
  2. 2. Media Influence <ul><li>The sources of significant influence in American society are: </li></ul>Movies Television The Internet Books Music Public policy and law Family The church is not even in the top twelve sources of influence!
  3. 3. The Media Storm <ul><li>Television (22,000 hours) </li></ul><ul><li>Music (11,000 hours) </li></ul><ul><li>Internet (13,000 hours) </li></ul><ul><li>Movies, videos, DVDs </li></ul><ul><li>Books, magazines, newspapers </li></ul>
  4. 4. Media Input: Television <ul><li>22,000 hours of television </li></ul><ul><li>16,000 TV homicides </li></ul><ul><li>200,000 acts of violence </li></ul><ul><li>640,000 TV commercials </li></ul>By HS graduation a typical student will have seen :
  5. 5. Biblical Standard <ul><li>Flee from youthful lusts. 2 Timothy 2:22 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace. 2 Timothy 2:22 </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Biblical Standard <ul><ul><li>But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Colossians 3:8 </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Biblical Standard <ul><ul><li>Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Philippians 4:8 </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Biblical Standard <ul><ul><li>Let us behave decently as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Romans 13:13 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. An important word Discernment
  10. 10. Three simple steps <ul><li>Stop! Stop what you’re doing long enough to concentrate. </li></ul><ul><li>Listen! Give attention to what is entering your mind. </li></ul><ul><li>Look! Look at the consequences of entertainment in your life. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Impact of Media <ul><li>The media present an unreal view of our world. </li></ul><ul><li>The media present an oversimplified view of life. </li></ul><ul><li>The media desensitizes its viewers. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Impact of Television <ul><li>George Gerbner & Larry Gross – Annenberg School of Communication </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Scary World of the Heavy TV Viewer” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Heavy TV Viewers Tended to Overestimate: <ul><li>Their likelihood of being involved in a violent crime. </li></ul><ul><li>Percentage of people in white collar occupations. </li></ul><ul><li>Percentage of Americans compared to rest of world. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Television and Behavior <ul><li>Study of adolescents showed that watching sex on TV influences teens to have sex ( Pediatrics , 2004). </li></ul><ul><li>Over 1000 studies point to a causal connection between media and aggressive behavior in some children ( Pediatrics , 2000). </li></ul>
  15. 15. What does the content say? <ul><li>All entertainment is making a statement. </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment can affect us if we are not alert. </li></ul><ul><li>We are in a battle for our minds. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Worldview of News Media <ul><li>Liberal - 80% always voted for Democratic candidate. </li></ul><ul><li>Secular - 86% seldom or never attended religious services, 50% had no religious affiliation. </li></ul><ul><li>Humanistic : - 90% support a woman’s right to choose. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Worldview of News Media <ul><li>All the news outlets (except for Fox News’ Special Report and the Washington Times) were more liberal than the average American. </li></ul><ul><li>Journalists as a group are more liberal than any congressional district in the country (Ninth California district, Eighth Massachusetts district). </li></ul>
  18. 18. Worldview of Television <ul><li>Most had religious upbringing. </li></ul><ul><li>Liberal - 80% always voted for Democratic candidate. </li></ul><ul><li>Secular - 93% seldom or never attended religious services, 45% had no religious affiliation. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Naturalism Carl Sagan “ The cosmos is all there is, ever was, and ever will be.”
  20. 20. Hedonism Pleasure is the ultimate good.
  21. 21. Syncretism All religions are basically the same.
  22. 22. Pragmatism Whatever works is good.
  23. 23. Existentialism Jean Paul Sartre Existence precedes essence/there is no meaning.
  24. 24. Postmodernism There is no truth . Friedrich Nietzsche
  25. 25. Common Objections <ul><li>That’s reality! </li></ul><ul><li>I’m just killing time! </li></ul><ul><li>It won’t affect me! </li></ul><ul><li>No one will know! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s just entertainment! </li></ul>
  26. 26. Probe Resources
  27. 27. Mind Games <ul><li>To encourage the development of a Christian worldview. </li></ul><ul><li>More than 15,000 participants since its inception in 1992 </li></ul>
  28. 28. Radio <ul><li>Probe radio is heard on approximately 500 radio stations daily. </li></ul><ul><li>Host of Point of View on the USA Radio Network </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Over 2000 articles, commentaries, and e-mail answers. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 30 PowerPoint presentations. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 200,000 visitors from 114 countries each month. </li></ul><ul><li>Probe Alert </li></ul>