[Air-L] Cross-cultural digital religion in the age of corona?

Mark D. Johns mjohns at luther.edu
Wed Mar 25 09:07:28 PDT 2020


You are correct that the national news media in the U.S. have not
given a lot of attention to children, local stations have done so. Two
network affiliates in our top-20 market have run stories just in the
past two days:

and a quick Google search turned up these from other markets:

Understanding how news media work, I also searched for PR activity
that may have triggered some of these stories, and discovered this
from Monday:

An interesting line of research. Hope you and Connie are well.
Mark D. Johns, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies
at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa USA
now residing in Minneapolis, MN
"Get the facts first. You can distort them later."
    ---Mark Twain

On Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 1:29 AM Charles M. Ess <c.m.ess at media.uio.no> wrote:
> Dear colleagues,
> On 23/03/2020 11:01, Sally Applin wrote:
> > You might query Yale’s HRAF ethnography database (if you have access) to
> > see what non- broadcast traditions are.
> Thanks much for this - certainly useful, rich and interesting.  I'm not
> seeing, on first blush at least, much that intersects with Digital
> Religion.  As interesting and useful as the materials on religion are,
> "digital" as a search term returns no results. Nor do the terms
> "Scandinavian," "Denmark," etc.  But will keep poking for all the other
> goodies to be gleaned.
> >
> > The broadcast time/ routine may have nothing to do with the material or
> > even culture and more to do with suddenly being at home.
> or all of the above.
> Regrets for not making explicit that yes, most people in Norway and
> Denmark have been under quarantine and related restrictions for some
> time, e.g., since March 12 in the Norwegian case.
> And a fourth data point: in Norwegian coverage of all of these disasters
> - it is striking that somewhere around the 3rd or 4th prioritized story
> on national news covers apparently widespread and deep concerns about
> the welfare of children who are likely susceptible to violence and
> sexual attack.  Now that schools and kindergartens are closed, these
> (usually) safe havens for such children are no longer available: what,
> reporters keep asking, is the government doing to protect these children
> under the new circumstances?
> None of my U.S.-based news media, even the most left-wing, etc. seem to
> mention this.  Please let me know if I'm missing something.
> Again, many thanks and all best despite it all,
> - charles
> >
> >
> > Sally Applin, Ph.D.
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