"The Other 9/11": Faith, Hope and the Media

What is the role and responsibility of the media in a post 9/11 era? How can we protect ourselves from images that leave us feeling helpless, fearful and insecure? In his presentation, Simon Cohen, managing director of the London-based Global Tolerance, drew out the example of the "other 9/11": September 11, 1906, when Gandhi first deployed his method of nonviolent resistance. By comparing both anniversaries and their legacies Cohen explored the unparalleled power of the media to influence perceptions about faith in society, for better or worse. Globalization and the social communications revolution linked with Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube empower us all, in new ways, to discover and promote faith's positive potential to contribute to a more just, tolerant, intercultural, and interreligious world.

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