Draft and Mastery Part I: Lippmann and Muckraking

lippmann-wI’m working on a Lippmann reading list, so in the next month or more it is likely some of the ideas I encounter while reading his books will appear on this blog.  My focus on his thought is related to a study I will be doing this spring that is still taking shape but will be related to religious currents at the turn of the century until pre-WWII that influenced journalism practice and social thought.  I also hope to relate these currents to specific events, such as the Scopes Trial, to illustrate the tensions between the new spirit of American Pragmatism and fundamentalist religion.  Lippmann’s commentary on these “countervailing” tendencies is crucial for this study. [Read More…]