From Yahweh to Yahoo!

From Yahweh to Yahoo!

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This wide-ranging study--hailed by American Journalism as one of the year's best books--provides a fresh and surprising view of the religious impulses at work in the typical newsroom by delving into the largely unexamined parallels between religion and journalism, from the qmediaq of antiquity to the electronic idolatry of the Internet. Focusing on how the history of religion in the United States has been entwined with the growth of the media, Doug Underwood argues that American journalists are rooted in the nation's moral and religious heritage and operate, in important ways, as personifications of the old religious virtues.The desire to articulate the American dream in terms of grass-roots citizenship crops up again and again throughout American history, ... as metaphors for their faith in human freedom and reform (a€œMy country is the world; to do good, my religion, a€ Paine said; a€œThe World is young. ... such as those in Poor Richarda#39;s Almanack) would create the American individualism needed to make democracy successful;anbsp;...

Title:From Yahweh to Yahoo!
Author:Doug Underwood
Publisher:University of Illinois Press - 2008


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