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Newspaper Confessions: A History of Advice Columns in a Pre-Internet Age

Julie Golia


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-da ... More

Keywords: advice, advice columns, advice columnists, newspapers, women journalists, virtual communities, Internet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197527788
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197527788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Golia, author
Curator of History, Social Sciences, and Government Information, New York Public Library

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