Intercultural Extraneity

Connections in American society

Whenever we think about religion the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is culture. In our society, as humans we have always had to rely on something to keep us closer to each other. And religion is one of the only things that has been there for us, and goes back to the beginning of the culture. There is no society without it. But with it comes politics, and with politics the one thing that constantly follows it, which is media.
Research has shown that the United States of America is one of the most religious countries in the world. America has always represented itself as a home for many religions. However politics has always tried to take over. And while many foreign countries have a critical viewpoint when it comes to America, I believe it’s all part of the media and its wrong way of representing it. They all see Americans as people who have no souls, and are only focused on earning money and in a way are becoming robots to society, that if we asked every American:What do you want out of life? That they would all answer “White picket fence. A family, and a successful career’’ which cannot be further from the truth. America is in all actuality a center for positive political, ideological, and technological ideas.
When it comes to religion and journalism, one cannot work without the other in order to have some kind of progress in society, and that’s especially true for America. Many religious leaders have shown worry for the poor. And, from the journalistic point of view, the are many in America who are not afraid to expose crimes and poverty. However, when it comes to politics there come yellow journalists who pushed Spanish-American War, as well as muckrackers who attacked establishments and leaders for being corrupt. Thomas Jefferson once said “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” However, in today’s age people are more likely going to vote for someone who has a religious background. For example, Hilary Clinton, who is a methodist once talked about a passage in the Bible with a man, and in the end she gained his support. To mention The Dewey “The modes of freedom guaranteed in the Bill of Rights are all of this nature: Freedom of belief and conscience, of expression of opinion, of assembly for discussion and conference, of the press as an organ of communication. They are guaranteed because without them individuals are not free to develop and society is deprived of what they might contribute. “ This quote highlights exactly how much freedom is of importance in every aspect of life, whether we are looking at it from a political, religious or even from a media’s point of view.
Lastly, I would like to quote Bernie Sanders, a politician, when he was once asked in an interview about politics and religion in the Unites States, he said “I am who I am, and what I believe in, my spirituality is about that we are all in this together, that I think it is not a good thing to believe that as human beings we can turn our backs on the suffering of other people…We cannot worship just billionaires and making more and more money, life is more than that.”

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