The Interactive Relation between Religious TV Programs and People in Turkey

The Interactive Relation between Religious TV Programs and People in Turkey

Ramazan Bicer (Department of Theology, Sakarya University, Sakarya, Turkey)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/ijopcd.2013070105
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Abstract

The aim of the topic is to deal with role of television on the lifestyle of people and their cultural and religious understanding. TV programs will be shown to change according to lifestyle, education and cultural understanding. Nevertheless, television has a great importance on the lifestyle of people. The religious understanding is a part of the lifestyle. Many Turks shape their cultural and religious understanding by watching television. The authors will deal with cultural and religious understanding from a socio-cultural perspective, exemplifying this by two Turkish television programs called 'Ekmek Teknesi' (Means of Livelihood) and 'Sir Kapisi’ (Door to Secret). The authors aim to examine the dimensions of these soap operas in the context of religious education, cultural and theological perspectives.
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Statement Of The Problem

Regarding the relation between TV and the cultural-religious understanding of Turkish people and religious TV programs, we are interested in two programs that have a very high rating. We have to think about interactive relation between TV and people. Before speaking on this problem, we would like to emphasize these questions:

  • 1.

    Why are Turkish people watching these two programs more than the others?

  • 2.

    What do they find in these programs?

  • 3.

    Is there a relation between the religious structure of the people and TV programs?

  • 4.

    Do they having religious content in compliance with Islamic theology?

The Role Of Tv In The Making Of Turkish Society

According to a research conducted in modern Turkish society, 96% of people definitely watch TV (RTUK, 2010; Efe, 1999). Thus many people spend their spare time watching TV. We can see, in this research, that people in many countries, including the developed West countries, spend at least six hours a day watching TV. Similarly, Turkish people also spend a huge part of their day watching TV (RTUK, 2009; Cuceloglu, 1992; Mete, 1999). It is impossible not to use mass communication media to reach people for religious presentation. Therefore, TV is the most important one among the media used in order to give religious knowledge to people and to educate them.

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