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Author Golia, Julie,
Title Newspaper confessions : a history of advice columns in a pre-internet age / Julie Golia.
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021]

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Author Golia, Julie,
Subject Advice columns -- United States.
American newspapers -- History.
Newspapers -- Sections, columns, etc.
Description 1 online resource (x, 219 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Making Advice Modern: The Birth of the Newspaper Advice Column -- 2. America's Confessional: Advice Columns and Their Readers -- 3. Queen of Heartaches: The Advice Columnist as Icon and Journalist -- 4. Advising the Race: Princess Mysteria and the Black Feminist Advice Tradition -- 5. The Modern "Experience": Loneliness, Anonymity, and the Virtual Community
Summary "Newspaper Confessions chronicles the history of the newspaper advice column, a genre that has shaped Americans' relationships with media, their experiences with popular therapy, and their virtual interactions across generations. Emerging in the 1890s, advice columns became unprecedented virtual forums where readers could debate the most resonant cultural crises of the day with strangers in an anonymous yet public forum. The columns are important - and overlooked - precursors to today's digital culture: forums, social media groups, chat rooms, and other online communities that define how present-day American communicate with each other. This book charts the rise of the advice column and its impact on the newspaper industry. It analyzes the advice given by a diverse sample of columns across several decades, emphasizing the ways that advice columnists framed their counsel as modern, yet upheld the racial and gendered status quo of the day. It shows how advice columnists were forerunners to the modern celebrity journalist, while also serving as educators to audience of millions. This book includes in-depth case studies of specific columns, demonstrating how these forums transformed into active and participatory virtual communities of confession, advice, debate, and empathy"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 01, 2021).
ISBN 9780197527818 electronic book
0197527817 electronic book
9780197527801 electronic publication
0197527809 electronic publication
9780197527795 (electronic bk.)
0197527795 (electronic bk.)
9780197527788 hardcover
OCLC # 1230250964
Additional Format Print version: Golia, Julie. Newspaper confessions New York : Oxford University Press, [2021] 9780197527788 (DLC) 2020048678

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