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

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University of Illinois Press, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 346 pages
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Presenting religion as journalism's silent partner, From Yahweh to Yahoo! 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 "media" 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 makes the case 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. Underwood traces religion's influence on mass communication from the biblical prophets to the Protestant Reformation, from the muckraker and Social Gospel campaigns of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to the modern age of mass media. While forces have pushed journalists away from identifying themselves with religion, they still approach such secular topics as science, technology, and psychology in reverential ways. This wide-ranging study - hailed by American Journalism as one of the best books in its field - thoughtfully analyzes the press's formulaic coverage of spiritual experience, its failure to cover new and non-Christian religions in America, and the complicity of the mainstream media in launching the religious broadcasting movement.
  

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Contents

Moral Outrage and the News
19
Printers Capitalists and the Priesthood
33
Skeptics of Faith or Faith in Skepticism? Enlightening
47
Journalism and
61
Journalists and
76
The Moral Compass of
117
Religious Beliefs of Journalists and Journalists Faith
130
A Study of
148
The Press Politics and Religion in the Public Square
192
Technology Worship and the internet
206
The Newsroom
216
Miracles and Mysteries Minus
233
The Coverage
264
Notes
281
Selected Bibliography
319
Index
331

The Cult of Science and the Scientifically Challenged Press
165
Psychology and
179

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Doug Underwood is an associate professor of communication at the University of Washington.

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