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02 July 2007 @ 01:12 pm
Fox "News"  

Mmmm... fair & unbiased.

Turns out I'm the victim of a "fad".
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splatchtrocksplatchtrock on July 2nd, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)
Well, Atheism is certainly selling a lot of books lately.
Jacobyak_boy on July 2nd, 2007 09:51 am (UTC)
Yes, but obviously only to good, upstanding Christians who want to understand their (apparently non-existant) atheist neighbours better.
splatchtrocksplatchtrock on July 2nd, 2007 09:53 am (UTC)
Well, I actualy haven't watched the clip (I really dislike YouTube), it just seems that Atheism is very 'Flavour of the Month' of late.
Jacobyak_boy on July 2nd, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
Well, the clip claims that atheism is a "fad" being perpetuated by the publishing houses, rather than something that's actually being taken on board by ordinary Americans.

They basically say that books on atheism are at the top of the best seller's list, not because people are actually interested in atheism, but because they want to understand the arguments made by atheism, so they can counter them.

But, more to the point is the whole feel of the piece. It's on what's supposedly a "news" channel, and it feels like your watching one of those early morning televangalism shows. You basically have a priest telling the news anchors that atheism isn't really very popular and the news anchors expressing what a relief it is to know that.
splatchtrocksplatchtrock on July 2nd, 2007 10:29 am (UTC)
I think it is a 'fad' inasmuch it is the thing to be reading books about of late. I don't know how many people buying The various Atheist bestsellers are necessarily buying them for their own interest or because they are featured in the newspapers and they feel they are things that 'need' to be read in order to keep abreast of the hot topics of the day.

Then again I tend to be snobbily suspicious of people buying books that have received publicity at all.

It will in time blow over and give way to the next publishing fad. Underwater basket weaving, perhaps.
Jacobyak_boy on July 2nd, 2007 11:11 am (UTC)
You may be right, but the issue is that Fox News is trying to couch the issue in those terms. That is, making it seem as though the only interest in atheism is that of a publishing fad that's going to blow over.

So, whilst I acknowledge that any hot topic will dominate book shops before being replaced by the next big thing, that doesn't mean that that's the whole extent of people's interest in that topic.

Come six months time, underwater basket weaving may well be dominating the best seller lists, but that does not mean that all interest in atheism will have evaporated.

As I discussed with Luke, the statistics seem to show that, in the US, belief in god has been on the decline for quite some time. These statistics pre-date the current publishing fad and, if anything, it's likely that this new-found skepticism is driving the current fad.

I seriously have trouble believing that the religious right is the main group responsible for buying a book called 'The God Delusion' (to craft counter-arguments).