Media Perspectives on Intelligent Design and Evolution

Media Perspectives on Intelligent Design and Evolution


By (author) Mark Paxton

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  • Publisher: Greenwood Press
  • Format: Hardback | 198 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 236mm x 5mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Westport
  • ISBN 10: 0313380643
  • ISBN 13: 9780313380648

Product description

The modern debate over the validity of the opposing intelligent design and evolution positions has continued for over 20 years and ended up in the courtroom more than once. Media Perspectives on Intelligent Design and Evolution seeks to present readers with an even-handed, unbiased explanation of the issues within this heated debate and show how the media subtly "frames"-or depicts-the dispute. Ideal as a reference text for high school and college students, this book examines the controversies in schools in Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Georgia; the major court decisions concerning the teaching of intelligent design in public schools; and the role of organizations such as the Discovery Institute and the National Science Teachers Association in the debate over intelligent design. Specific examples of how media such as network and cable news providers have portrayed the issue of intelligent design in schools demonstrate the powerful influence of media upon public opinion.

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Author information

Mark Paxton, PhD, is professor in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film at Missouri State University, Springfield, MO. He received a BA in journalism from Marshall University, Huffington, WV, and his doctorate in communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Paxton is a former reporter and editor at newspapers in West Virginia and Tennessee as well as The Associated Press.

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"A thoughtful reference addition for school, college, and public libraries." - Library Journal "Readers will find this volume to be a fascinating, in-depth look at a controversial issue... Although this interesting volume will be useful for journalism students at the high school or undergraduate level... Recommended." - Choice