Trinity Broadcasting Network Evangelical Television
Features • Media Format • Themes and Values • World View
Media • Mirrors mainstream broadcasting forms • News • Cartoons and Programs for Children • Health and Fitness • Cooking • Feature Films • Documentaries
“Subversive” Media • Music Videos • Comic Books • “South Park” style animation (utilized for teen audiences)
“Traditional” Evangelical forms • Church—minister in “church space” with real audience • Sermon—minister preaching to television audience only.
Themes and Values • Evangelical Nature Goal: Spreading gospel of Jesus Christ to a global audience using “state of the art” media forms. Goal: “Strategic use of all forms of mass communication, the conduct of education that will train the young and old to understand how the principles of The Kingdom of God relate to those spheres of human endeavor that play a dominant role in our world” (CBN)
Themes • Binary • War-like in tone • Apocalyptic
IMPLIED Good v Evil Flesh v Spirit Life v Death Impulse v Control Saved v Unsaved Christian v Pagan Right v Wrong TRUTH v Lie(s) STATED GOD COUNTRY FAMILY Values
Why is this attractive to some? • Provides simple, black and white answers to complex issues and problems in global, diverse, pluralistic world community.