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dc.contributor.authorCass, Philip
dc.description.abstractIn the past 12 months, the media has reported on two major religious stories; the furore over the Danish cartoons and Pope Benedict XVI's speech at Regensburg. Both were instances of what were relatively small incidents blown into global problems by the media and what we might call the anti-media of the internet. Although the stories originated in Europe and the majority of protests originated in the Middle East, their effect was felt as far afield as the Pacific. The way in which the stories were reported in western and Middle Eastern media demonstrated, on the one hand, an almost complete incomprehension by European media of Muslim outrage at the cartoons and, in the Middle East, an equal incomprehension of what the Pope had actually said. Both stories reflected poorly on the media's ability to report accurately and objectively on religious matters. In an age when religion rather than politics is the driving force behind so much of what is happening, and especially at a time when the internet allows so much unmediated and uncontextualised material to influence people's thinking, this is extraordinarily dangerous.en_NZ
dc.subjectDanish cartoonsen_NZ
dc.subjectPope Benedict XVI's speechen_NZ
dc.subjectglobal mediaen_NZ
dc.subjectmedia accuracyen_NZ
dc.subjectreporting on religionen_NZ
dc.titleThe Pope, the Prophet and the Interneten_NZ
dc.title.alternativeHow the western media and the internet have combined to make religion the most badly reported and inflammatory topic in the news todayen_NZ
dc.typeConference Contribution - Paper in Published Proceedingsen_NZ
dc.rights.holderPhilip Cassen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden200104 Media Studiesen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationCass, P. (2006, December). The Pope, the Prophet and the Internet. conference contribution - paper in published proceedings.en
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.conference.titleJournalism Education Association Conferenceen_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaCommunication Studies

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