Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Vices of the Poor

According to Paul Starr, The Creation of the Media; "The vices of the poor , on the contrary , walk abroad, insult us in the marketplace, and elbow us in the streets". (Evangelical publication pg. 238)

What this quote means is that the evangelical publication didn't like the things that poor people were doing. This quote explains that people that were evangelicals had a dislike for the habits of the poor. My opinion about this quote is that during the 1800's is that evangelists didn't like seeing images about the habits of the poor. They felt that obscene materials were corrupting the minds of the poor.


At 9:04 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

True, many critics believed that the rise of cheap print, of dime novels and story papers was corrupting the poor with stories of vice and sensational crime.

The rise of literacy and cheap books was not always seen as enlightening the poor. Some moral authorities saw the commerical press as a threat to our national morality.


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