From Yahweh to Yahoo!: The Religious Roots of the Secular Press

From Yahweh to Yahoo!: The Religious Roots of the Secular Press

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by Doug Underwood
     
 

A comprehensive historical examination of the relationship between the journalistic and religious traditions in the United StatesSee more details below

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A comprehensive historical examination of the relationship between the journalistic and religious traditions in the United States

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252075711
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Series:
History of Communication Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Journalism Facing Faith1
Pt. 1The Religious Roots of the Mass Media
1Prophetic Journalism: Moral Outrage and the News19
2The Profits of Reform: Printers, Capitalists, and the Priesthood of Believers33
3Skeptics of Faith or Faith in Skepticism? Enlightening the Journalistic Mind47
4Mystics, Idealists, and Utopians: Journalism and the Romantic Tradition61
5Muckraking the Nation's Conscience: Journalists and the Social Gospel76
6Mencken, Monkeys, and Modernity: A New Metaphysic for the Newsroom88
7Pragmatism and the "Facts" of Religious Experience: The Model for a Synthesis102
Pt. 2Research, Religious Beliefs, and the Ethics of the Press
8Trusting Their Guts: The Moral Compass of a Doubters' Profession117
9"I Will Show You My Faith by What I Do": A Survey of the Religious Beliefs of Journalists and Journalists' Faith Put into Action130
10Religion, Morality, and Professional Values: A Study of the Ethical Sources of Today's Journalists148
Pt. 3Secularism and the Newsroom Search for Substitute Faiths
11The Cult of Science and the Scientifically Challenged Press165
12The Mind of the Inquiring Reporter: Psychology and the Science of the Soul179
13The Press, Politics, and Religion in the Public Square192
14Foundations of Sand: Technology Worship and the Internet206
15The Gospel of Public Journalism: The Newsroom Communitarians and the Search for Civic Virtue216
Pt. 4Journalism after Jesus
16Jesus without Journalists: Miracles and Mysteries, Minus Media Reports233
17Visions of Mary and the Less Than Visionary Press: Religious Apparitions in the Framing of the Modern Media249
18Proselytizing and Profits: The Growth of Televangelism and the Collaboration of the Mainstream Press253
19Pluralism and the Press's Blind Spots: The Coverage of Religious Diversity at Home and Abroad264
Afterword271
Notes281
Selected Bibliography319
Index331

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