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And God Created Pornography : The relationship between pornography and Christianity in the postmodern mediasphere

Hope, Ross A. (2004) And God Created Pornography : The relationship between pornography and Christianity in the postmodern mediasphere. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

Pornography and Christianity are multifaceted, complex institutions that resist generalisation. In today's postmodern society, they are also mediated commodities that compete within the mediasphere. They are both dependant on the mass media, and communication technologies such as the internet for their survival. The binarised nature of these two institutions has led to a significant amount of 'productive othering', whereby both institutions have sought to define themselves in relation to their 'other', thus creating a space in society for their opposing force. In a sense, Christianity and pornography rely on each other in order to contextualise, and provide an opportunity to restate their own ideological position. This mutual need, suggests that the contemporary nature of their relationship is symbiotic. The relationship between pornography and Christianity can be observed in various sites within the mediasphere, such as the internet, and the film industry. These two sites provide varying accounts of their relationship, and evidence of productive othering, while also demonstrating the paradoxical affect the postmodern mediasphere is having on these two institutions -- that they are also becoming increasingly hybridised, intertextual, and difficult to distinguish from one another.

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ID Code: 15938
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Glover, Stuart
Keywords: Mediasphere, Pornography, Christianity, Sexual Abuse, Screenplay
Divisions: Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Ross A. Hope
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 13:53
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2011 05:40

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