Religion and Media: Religious Democracy in the Politics of Deconstruction

By Mohsen Ghasemi.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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By looking at two of Derrida’s essays, ‘Faith and Knowledge” and “Above All, No Journalists!” this paper tries to expound Derrida’s way of seeing religion and the way he blends it with the media. For him, both have the phenomenon of “mediatization” because the attempt of both is to simulate a “live” transmission of an event or the thing itself that makes us believe the representation of an absent object in front of our eyes. Not only is such a transitory function not helpful in qualifying the mediatory role of religion and media, it can also bring closure to the meaning of God or deviate the broadcasting of the event. In other words, this function will secure a perpetual metaphysical foundation. The paper continues by explaining that deconstruction redefines the politics of religion, and replaces it with the politics of deconstruction that offers a “democracy to come” in media broadcast of an event or the religious representation of God, and it faces them both with “otherness” from within them.

Keywords: Deconstruction, Media, Religion, Other Messianisms

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.47-51. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 18, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 384.163KB)).

Mohsen Ghasemi

PhD Student, Arts Languages and Cultures, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK