beginning working bibliography for Lit Tech Culture paper

Working Bibliography and Stuff-to-Get for Lit,Tech,Culture paper:

Campbell, H. (2006). Religion and the Internet. Communication Research Trends, 26 (1), 3-24. ILL’d 1-19-09

Campbell, H. (2004). Challenges created by online religious networks. Journal of Media and Religion, 3 (2), 81-99. ILL’d 1-19-09

This article considers the challenges that online religious communities raise for religious culture. A survey of cultural changes in media, community, and religion uncovers similar structural shifts, from hierarchical structures to more open, dynamic relationship patterns in society. Examining this shift helps explain why cyber-religion and online religious communities have become emergent phenomenon. Emphasis is placed on the argument that the Internet has thrived because it has surfaced in a cultural landscape that promotes fluid yet controlled relationships over tightly bound hierarchies. Religious online communities are expressions of these changes and challenge traditional religious definitions of community. Especially problematic is the image of community as a network of relations. This article also addresses common concerns and fears of religious critics related to online communities through an analysis of current literature on these issues, along with a synthesis of research studies relating to the social use and consequences of the Internet.

Cowan, D, and J. Hadden (Eds.), Religion on the Internet: Research Prospects and Promises (pp. 25-54). New York: JAI Press. ILL’d 1-19-09

Dawson, Lorne, and D. Cowan (Eds.), Religion Online: Finding Faith on the Internet. New York: Routledge, 2004. ILL’d 1-19-09

Ess, C. (Ed.). (2004). Critical Thinking and the Bible in the Age of New Media. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America. ILL’d 1-19-09. Got message saying it’s not available through Summit and to ILL it. [?}

Hojsgaard, M. & M. Warburg (Eds.), Religion and Cyberspace (pp. 67-85). London: Routledge. AVAIL VALLEY: BL37 .R44 2005
Barker, E. (2005). Crossing the boundary: New challenges to religious authority and control as a consequence of access to the Internet. In M. Hojsgaard & M. Warburg (Eds.), Religion and Cyberspace (pp. 67-85). London: Routledge. (SEE ABOVE)

Schultze, Quentin J. Christianity and the mass media in America : toward a democratic accommodation. ILL’d 1-19-09

Abstract: The mass media and religious groups in America regularly argue about news bias, sex and violence on television, movie censorship, advertiser boycotts, broadcast and film content rating systems, government regulation of the media, the role of mass evangelism in a democracy, and many other issues. In the United States the major disputes between religion and the media usually have involved Christian churches or parachurch ministries, on the one hand, and so-called secular media, on the other. Often the Christian Right locks horns with supposedly liberal Eastern media elite and Hollywood entertainment companies. When a major Protestant denomination calls for an economic boycott of Disney, the resulting news reports suggest business as usual in the tensions between faith groups and media empires. Schultze demonstrates how religion and the media in America have borrowed each other’s rhetoric. In the process, they have also helped to keep each other honest, pointing out respective foibles and pretensions. Christian media have offered the public as well as religious tribes some of the best media criticism – better than most of the media criticism produced by mainstream media themselves. Meanwhile, mainstream media have rightly taken particular churches to task for misdeeds as well as offered some surprisingly good depictions of religious life. The tension between Christian groups and the media in America ultimately is a good thing that can serve the interest of democratic life. As Alexis de Tocqueville discovered in the 1830s, American Christianity can foster the “habits of the heart” that ward off the antisocial acids of radical individualism. And, as John Dewey argued a century later, the media offer some of our best hopes for maintaining a public life in the face of the religious tribalism that can erode democracy from within. Mainstream media and Christianity will always be at odds in a democracy. That is exactly the way it should be for the good of each one.


3 thoughts on “beginning working bibliography for Lit Tech Culture paper

  1. I just realized, Quentin, that the book I got from Interlibrary Loan today is one of yours: Christianity and the Mass Media in America — and that THAT’s why your name sounded a little familiar. I can be a little slow on the uptake. :)
    I just listened to your NPR interview (off your blog: I’m writing my thesis on religion in the writing classroom, and this seminar paper on SOMEthing to do with technology in the writing classroom (and something hopefully related to religion — so’s this paper can fit into my thesis somehow), and your books look helpful. Thanks again.

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