An exchange of ideas about science and the media at the 2012 LSE Literary Festival was characterised by a lively and friendly dialogue between professionals in both fields, even if the odd frustration was apparent. Frances Murphy thinks about how a conversation about religion and the media might follow a similar path. How did the discussion at the LSE manifest the dangers of misrepresentation of both science and religion in the media?
South African history, before and since its independence from the United Kingdom, has encompassed numerous debates surrounding equality and freedom, and proposed new legislation is recalling one such question, that of public access to information. Anthony Egan SJ of the Jesuit Institute in South Africa investigates why the African National Congress are seeking to place restrictions on the country’s media outlets.
In the second part of his 2009 World Communications Day lecture, Fr Federico Lombardi SJ looks at the communicative styles of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict, and speaks of the inevitability that the Church’s message will be a challenging one. How can those whose vocations lie in communicating this Gospel message avoid the dangers posed by the media?
In a lecture for 2009 World Communications day, papal spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi SJ discussed the opportunities and the challenges presented by the development of new media.
James Hanvey SJ reflects on how our understanding of Christian theology can offer some insight as we try to work out the values that ought to govern our use of ever-developing media.
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