Office of Undergraduate Research

Moral Guardians and Mass Communication: The Pre-History of Media Rights and Responsibilities

The project is historical research for a book on how "Puritan," "Victorian," and "Progressive" standards for mass communication were proposed and opposed during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. General subjects include law, self-censorship, social control, journalism, and popular culture. Some of the specific subjects include news about miracles, invasions of privacy by the media, skeptical humor, comics, Sunday newspapers, religious broadcasting, and theology in television and films.

Tasks and responsibilities:

The main task is gathering historical materials in library databases and on microfilm. Opportunities will be available for archival research.