Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Welcome to LBAR 181!

Welcome to the LBAR 181 class blog. This blog provides an opportunity to explore issues raised in LBAR 181: Judaism, Islam & the Media being taught by Dr. Heidi Campbell at Texas A&M University this fall semester. Students will have an opportunity to respond to course themes here and additional information related weekly case studies will also be provided here.

This LBAR section is focused on investigating how Jewish and Muslim groups and communities interact and negotiate with the mass media. Beginning such an investigation requires self-reflection, considering how personal views of the media, popular culture and especially influence our own perceptions.

"For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are." - C. S. Lewis in The Magician's Nephew

According to this quote it is important to be aware of who you are and what you believe... as it affect how you interact with the rest of the world. This is especially important when dealing with issues related to religion and mass media. In order to help you begin on this process of self-reflection, to become aware of how your own beliefs effect how you see other, start by taking the Belief-o-matic quiz. How do your responses match those who may subscribe to Islam or the Jewish faith?