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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana TV gives families unrealistic expectations, nun tells . By DAVID FINNIGAN Catholic News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- TV's situation comedies and heavily sexual shows like "Baywatch" or "Melrose Place" create a world of unbelievable expectations for families watching them, a nun told a recent national conference on media literacy. "We see all these beautiful people, all these clever and witty people, (and) we suddenly expect everyone in our family to be clever and witty," said Sister Fran Trampiets, a Sister of Charity who works with the Center for Religious Communi- cation at the University of Day- ton in Ohio. "The everyday-hess of life is so disappointing," she added. "We can demand too much of our families. We can be so intolerant of their warts and their ordi- nariness." More than 300 media activists, along with Catholic, public and private school teachers, met in early October in Los Angeles to discuss the still-young academic discipline of media literacy. Sister Trampiets said it is an interdisciplinary movement "to make people critically aware, to get them critically autonomous." Promoters of media literacy say a goal is to teach people to analyze, synthesize and not take at face value what is in, or on, newspapers, radio, TV, bill- boards and magazines. Ramon Rodriguez, director of the U.S. bishops' Catholic Com- munication Campaign in Wash- ington, said media literacy "is about being able to decipher between positive values and negative values on what we see, what we hear, what we read." Two middle-aged morns from North Carolina brought the message that we are all created in God's image, but the media doesn't portray us that way. Gall Violette and Loretta Wnetzrak, who teach media lit- eracy in parishes and schools throughout the Diocese of Char- lotte, N.C., led a workshop on introducing clergy to media lit- eracy. Showing a Calvin Klein ad that featured only the model's torso and part of the arms, Vio- lette said, "God did not create us being headless, armless." But the two women also offered a message of hope. They showed how they have created parish lessons on media litera- cy by using music videos. Using a video by the band R.E.M. called "Everybody Hurts," which shows the inner thoughts of people in a traffic jam, the women present it to their audi- ences as the Old Testament story of Job and his refusal to sin against God. They have also created a 45- minute lesson around just one Billy Joel music video, "River of Dreams." Wnetzrak said that at one church presentation back home, "they saw so much imagery (in that video) it was almost like feeding their soul." Another speaker, Boston doc- AUTO TOPS. 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