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Abandoning the Old Gods, Manufacturing New Ones

In Neil Gaiman's award-winning novel, American Gods, a fictitious god named Wednesday bemoans the capricious nature of American worship: "This is a bad land for gods... the old gods are ignored. The new gods are as quickly taken up as they are abandoned, cast aside for the next big thing." Throughout the novel, the "old gods" are racked by fear and insecurity due to the increased prominence of the "new gods," otherwise known as the "gods of credit card and freeway, of Internet and telephone, of radio and hospital and television, gods of plastic and of beeper and of neon.
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