AMST-380-01 American Opinion Journalism: From Tom Paine to the Blogs
Fall for 2014-2015
American Opinion Journalism From Tom Paine to the Blogs / Steven Mufson
Partisan, feisty, opinionated, and not above personal attacks. The blogs? No. The Revolutionary era American press. The Internet has been the vehicle for what many believe to be a new era in opinion journalism, but it looks surprisingly like this older era. Have we come full circle, and if so, is that good? This course will trace the history of American opinion journalism, featuring some of the giants of opinion journalism, such as pamphleteer Tom Paine, partisan editor and politician Horace Greeley, William A. White of Kansas, Walter Lippman, I.F. Stone, and the makers of the Wall Street Journal editorial page. It will look at political cartoonists, TV's Crossfire and contemporary blogs. Issues will include how opinion pages dealt with civil rights and how newspaper economics have affected papers' points of view. We will also examine the Washington Post opinion page on the road to war -- before World War II, Vietnam and Iraq.
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