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ERIC Number: ED360674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Where Did We Come From?: A Communication Analysis of the Creation-Evolution Controversy as Depicted in "Time,""Newsweek," and "U.S. News and World Report."
Pullum, Stephen J.
Noting the potential effect of print media on society, a study addressed the question of how "Time,""Newsweek," and "U.S. News and World Report" (USNWR) have presented the creation-evolution issue (particularly as taught in public schools) to its readers. Thirty-nine articles published form 1980 to 1992 were analyzed: 21 articles from "Time," 12 from "Newsweek," and 6 from USNWR. The picture that these stories painted was encouraging for evolutionists but not for creationists. Evolution was portrayed as the school of thought that individuals should adhere to, primarily because most, though not all, scientists believe in it. However, the magazines also left readers with the impression that it is "okay" to believe in a God as the driving force behind the universe. Finally, creationists were generally portrayed by the magazines as "addlebrained obstructionists who, if given their way, would do significant harm to the scientific educational process" in the United States. (Contains 38 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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