MODERNISM AND POSTMODERNISM
Modernism is a form of thinking that came about in opposition to realism. This paradigm teaches society to reject tradition and also not to believe in the existence of a God who created the universe. Postmodernism, a paradigm that stemmed from modernism is based on the belief that the truth is objective and meta-narrative facts cannot be relied upon. These two paradigms have influenced society and one way this can be noted is their influence on various communication channels. One such channel is the media which is greatly evolving to keep up with these ways of thinking.
Television programs form a critical part of communications made through the media. Through these programs various trends in society are emphasized while others are discouraged; this way the media communicates to the community. Modernism has affected communication through the media in various ways such as through the increased airing of television programs that show that there is no God or that He is just a normal man. Such information is communicated to society which then begins to think along those lines. Some sociologists believe that the global rise in immorality especially in western countries is because of their departure from their spiritual values through denying God’s existence as a result of modernism.
Postmodernism on its part has affected communications made through the media as the latter tries to get solid facts for any information aired. This paradigm is responsible for the emerging trend where most television, radio and internet audiences believe only that which can be seen or proven. Postmodernism has affected communication through the media as most media houses seek to give objective facts, some even to the point of falsifying evidence just to fit in this postmodernism era.