Quoting God: How Media Shape Ideas about Religion and Culture

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Claire Badaracco
Baylor University Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Religion - 317 pages
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Quoting God charts the many ways in which media reports religion news, how media uses the quoted word to describe lived faith, and how media itself influences--and is influenced by--religion in the public square. The volume intentionally brings together the work of academics, who study religion as a crucial factor in the construction of identity, and the work of professional journalists, who regularly report on religion in an age of instant and competitive news. This book clearly demonstrates that the relationship between media culture and spiritual culture is foundational and multi-directional; that the relationship between news values and religion in political life is influential; and that the relationship among modernity, belief, and journalism is pivotal.
  

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Contents

Quotation and the Life of Public Texts
1
Journalism and the Religious Imagination
21
Radio in Tibet A Portable Window on the Sacred
37
God Talk in the Public Square
43
Law and the Middle East Media Between Censorship and Independence
59
The First Amendment and the Falun Gong
67
First Amendment and the Common Good
79
A Framework for Understanding Fundamentalism
87
Appalachian Regional Identity in National Media
181
The Reporter as ParticipantObserver
193
The Virgin of Guadalupe as Cultural Icon
201
Desert Religions
209
Reporting Complexity Science and Religion
211
Fairness and Pressure Advocacy in Controversial Science
225
Vatican Opinion on Modern Communication
233
Mocha and Meditation Mats
247

Modernity and Fundamentalism in Mongolia
101
Biblical Prophecy and Foreign Policy
107
Post911 Media and Muslim Identity in American Media
123
Last Words Death and Public SelfExpression
129
Comedy and Death in Media Space
143
Collective Memory National Identity Victims and Victimizers in Japan
153
Religious Contradiction and the Japanese Soul
173
A Relationship of Overlapping Conversations
259
Notes
265
Bibliography
289
About the Contributors
303
Index
309
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Claire Hoertz Badaracco (Ph. D. Rutgers) is Full Professor in the College of Communication, Marquette University. She is the editor of Quoting God: How Media Shape Ideas about Religion and Culture (Baylor University Press, 2005), Trading Words: Poetry, Typography, and Illustrated Books in the Modern Literary Economy (1995) and American Culture and the Marketplace (1992).

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