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New Media and Communication Across Religions and Cultures

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The connection of interfaith and intercultural understanding stems from a conceptual foundation on the dialogue between religions and cultures. These types of conversation are essential for the clarification and reflection of practical opportunities and challenges that these exchanges are facing. New Media and Communication Across Religions and Cultures offers a unique opportunity in both the social sciences, humanities, and communication fields to provide concrete concepts and notions in the areas of inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue. By exploring this empirical research of relevant experiences, this book is important for researchers, practitioners, and students in varied fields of philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, media students, law, and more.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
  5. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Editorial Advisory Board
  6. Preface
    1. REFERENCES
  7. Section 1: Discussing the Philosophical, Sociological, and Cultural Dimensions
    1. Chapter 1: Foundations of Interreligious Dialogue
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE AND SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
      4. TOWARDS A UNIVERSAL ETHICS
      5. CONCLUSION: RELATIVE OPTIMISM
      6. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ENDNOTES
    2. Chapter 2: Border Crossings
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. FROM HUMAN DIGNITY TO NATURAL RIGHTS
      4. FROM NATURAL TO HUMAN RIGHTS
      5. HUMAN RIGHTS AND SECULARISM
      6. THE BIND OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ENDNOTES
    3. Chapter 3: Transculturality and the Included Third
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1. INTRODUCTION
      3. 2. AVOIDING SYSTEMIC NATIONALISM
      4. 3. FOUNDING METAPHORS OF IDENTITY
      5. 4. INTERMEDIALISM
      6. 5. INTERCULTURALITY AND TRANSCULTURALITY
      7. 6. THE INCLUDED THIRD
      8. 7. CHAMALEONING
      9. 8. THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN RELIGIOUS DISCOURSE AND ECONOMIC LIBERAL DISCOURSE
      10. 9. MULTICULTURALISM, TRANSCULTURALITY AND RELIGION
      11. 10. CONCLUSION
      12. REFERENCES
      13. ENDNOTES
  8. Section 2: Media Representations of Religions and the Religious
    1. Chapter 4: Religious Sphere in Canada
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. RELIGIOUS LANDSCAPE IN CANADA
      4. CANADIAN MEDIA PORTRAYALS OF FAITH GROUPS
      5. RELIGIOUS DISCOURSE IN CANADA
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
    2. Chapter 5: Is Religion Compatible with Media Entertainment?
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1. INTRODUCTION
      3. 2. MANY RELIGIONS’ FEAR OF PLAY, GAMES, AND ENTERTAINMENT
      4. 3. A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF PLAY AND GAME, ACCORDING TO SOME SPECIALISTS
      5. 4. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RELIGION AND ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA: MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT AND EXPRESSION OF SPIRITUALITY
      6. 5. THE ETHICAL DANGERS OF MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT
      7. 6. A FEW CONDITIONS FOR A POSSIBLE ENRICHING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RELIGIONS AND MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT
      8. 7. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ENDNOTES
  9. Section 3: Religions in Cyberspace: Between Convergence and Conflict
    1. Chapter 6: An Exercise in Inter-Religious Conceptualization
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS’ CULTURAL BIAS AND INCOMPATIBILITY
      3. RETHINKING ARCHIVES
      4. AN ATTEMPT TO CONCEPTUALIZE RELIGIOUS PHENOMENA USING BASIC IEML (INFORMATION ECONOMY META LANGUAGE) CATEGORIES
      5. TERNARY DIALECTICS IN THE RELIGIOUS DOMAIN
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      8. REFERENCES
      9. ENDNOTES
    2. Chapter 7: Cult Wars on the Internet
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CORRECTING MEDIA RUMOURS
      4. EDITING WARS ON WIKIPEDIA
      5. HACKING AND BLOCKING: THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY AND FALUN GONG
      6. NRM INTERNECINE POLITICS ON THE INTERNET
      7. VIRTUAL COURTS OF JUSTICE
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
  10. Section 4: Fostering Dialogue and Cooperation: Barriers and Opportunities
    1. Chapter 8: Public Relations and Religious Diversity
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. METHODOLOGY
      4. A MULTI-HUED LANDSCAPE
      5. THE “DETROIT EXPERIENCE” AND BEYOND
      6. RELIGION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. REFERENCES
    2. Chapter 9: All in the Family
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. FUNCTIONAL DEFINITIONS OF PUBLIC RELATIONS IN RELIGION COMMUNICATION
      4. ROLES COMMUNICATORS PLAY IN ORGANIZATIONS
      5. RELATIONSHIPS AND MEANING CO-CREATION
      6. COMMUNITARIANISM VS. LIBERALISM
      7. RELIGION COMMUNICATORS DESCRIBE UNDERSTANDING OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
      8. CONCLUSION: TOWARD STRONG RELATIONALITY?
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ENDNOTES
    3. Chapter 10: Media Narratives of the Interactions between Religions and Cultures in Canada
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE MEDIA'S LIMITATIONS
      4. THE SECULARIST META-NARRATIVE PREVAILS
      5. UNDERNEATH THE UMBRELLA OF THE SECULARIST META-NARRATIVE: THE THREE C'S
      6. INTERFAITH DIALOGUE
      7. THE PERFECT STORM
      8. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR RELIGION?
      9. REFERENCES
  11. Section 5: Normative Conversations on Religion and Culture in the Public Sphere
    1. Chapter 11: Media Policy, Co-Existence, and Freedom of Speech
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE CBSC: WHAT IT IS AND DOES
      4. THE CBSC: HOW IT DECIDES
      5. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND THE CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
      6. CBSC DECISIONS ON RELIGIOUS MATTERS
      7. COMMENTS ABOUT RELIGIONS OR RELIGIONISTS
      8. RELIGIONS ENTERING THE POLITICAL DOMAIN
      9. CONCLUSION
      10. REFERENCES
    2. Chapter 12: Blasphemy and Outrage in a Secular State
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BLASPHEMY IN MONOTHEISTIC RELIGIONS
      4. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BLASPHEMY AND HERESY OR APOSTASY
      5. BLASPHEMY IN THE SECULAR WORLD
      6. BLASPHEMY IN VENEZUELA
      7. VENEZUELA’S USE OF OUTRAGE: FOUR CASES
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ENDNOTES
  12. Section 6: Religious Dialogues in the Arts and Popular Culture
    1. Chapter 13: Capillitas
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. RELIGION AND SYNCRETISM
      4. HISTORY OF CAPILLITAS
      5. OPEN QUESTIONS
      6. REFERENCES
    2. Chapter 14: Cultural and Religious Dialogue
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
      4. CONSERVATION OF THE SCULPTURES
      5. THE UNVEILING
      6. A NEW DISCOVERY
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ENDNOTES
      11. APPENDIX A
      12. APPENDIX B
  13. Afterword
    1. REFERENCES
    2. ENDNOTES
  14. Related References
  15. Compilation of References
  16. About the Contributors