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UCC Media Justice Update

Eyes that Do Not See

As part of the media violence fast, we are sharing a few reflections for our participants to enhance the meaning during the week.  Don't forget to also take a look at our resources page

Eyes that Do Not See

Scriptural texts are often concerned with people who have eyes, but do not see.   As we take a week to avoid violence in the media, what can that idea mean for us?  When we watch television, it can mean a time of relaxation and fun at the end of the day.  But sometimes we become so desensitized to the violence on-screen, that we don't even realize we're watching it.  How many prime time TV shows involve murders or other crimes -- and these days they are often pretty grizzly!  

Do you have eyes that do not really "see" the violence in a show when you watch it?  Do you think that impact violence you encounter other places in your life?  If you chose to avoid even the TV news this week, how did avoiding fictional violence change the way you viewed real violence on television?  If you avoid all violent media, do you find yourself wanting to read more or less about violence in the written news? 
If your children are avoiding violent video games this week, are they willing to see the world in a new way?

What is it like to find alternate ways to occupy your time for this week?   Will your eyes (and your heart) respond differently after a week away?   

-- UCC's media justice ministry, OC Inc.


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