Sam Martin, author of “Decoding the Digital Church,” explains why she spent the 2020 election season attending megachurch services online. An “impassioned defender of the need to have conservatism in the United States,” Martin confesses she’s terrified at the prospect of a 2024 Trump nomination and what it means for the stability of our rhetorical and political world.
Episode One Transcript
Stephanie A. (Sam) Martin is a scholar of public address and political communication, with a particular interest in the public discourses of conservative social movements, especially evangelical voters. She has written or edited three books, most prominently Decoding the Digital Church: Evangelical Storytelling and the Election of Donald J. Trump (University of Alabama Press, 2021). Her research has also been published in top journals including the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric and Public Affairs and Visual Communication Quarterly. Martin frequently appears as an expert commentator and consultant for news stories, and has appeared in USA Today, NPR, NBC, the Boston Globe, the Texas Tribune, and The Dallas Morning News, among others.
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