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In Chapter 8 of his book Amusing Ourselves to Death Neil Postman talks about the phenomenon of religious programming on television He concludes thatthere are several characteristics of television and its surround that converge to make authentic religious experience impossible p 118I believe that though its not explicitly stated the concept of boundaries which I have been discussing is an essential element of his argument He says thatthere is no way to consecrate the space in which a television show is experienced It is an essential condition of any traditional religious service that the space in which it is conducted must be invested with some measure of sacrality Of course a church or synagogue is designed as a place of ritual enactment so that almost anything that occurs there even a bingo game has a religious aura p 118-119I think that he is basically saying that when one enters a church one is crossing a boundary into someone elses private space more specifically Gods In someone elses space one must acknowledge that the owner of the space is in control of it and sets the rules for all who occupy it The very act of entering a church by this interpretation is acknowledgement of willingness to submit to the control of another to put oneself in the hands of the Lord so to speak A tone of respectful reverence is thus set by the private nature of the church space the property of God as well as by the trappings and rituals of the religion itselfAnything that occurs on television on the other hand is invading the space of the viewer Once it enters our home we have complete control over it-- we can adjust the volume put the TV anywhere we want buy whatever size screen we want and turn it off or change channels at the slightest whim In this environment it is we who are in control of the service because it
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