The News

The News

A User's Manual

Book - 2014
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From the author of The Architecture of Happiness , a thought-provoking look at the manic and peculiar position that news has achieved in our lives.

What does the news do to our brains, our souls and our views of one another? We spend an inordinate amount of time checking on it. It molds how we view reality, we're increasingly addicted to it on our luminous gadgets, we check it every morning when we wake up and every evening before we sleep-and yet the news has rarely been the focus of an accessible, serious, saleable book-length study. Until now.
Mixing snippets of current news with philosophical reflections, The News will blend the timeless with the contemporary, and bring the wisdom of thousands of years of culture to bear on our contemporary obsessions and neuroses. The News ranges across news categories-from politics to murders, from economics to celebrities, from the weather to paparazzi shows--in search of answers to the questions: "What do we want from this?" and "Is it doing us any good?" After The News, we'll never look at a celebrity story, the report on a tropical storm, or the sex scandal of a politician in quite the same way again.
Publisher: Toronto :, Signal,, c2014
ISBN: 9780771027673
Branch Call Number: 302.23 DEB NVD
Characteristics: 272 pages

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patcarstensen
Jun 28, 2015

You have to be in the mood for the thoughts an earnest Enlightmentment-type philosopher about how to make the world a better place.

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Glokta
Mar 24, 2015

This is a worthwhile read. It's under 300 pages and relatively easy to get into. The book makes the point that The News is increasingly pervasive in our lives and has a powerful shaping effect as the touchstone for what is going on in the world and what we should think about it. A variety of archetypal news stories are laid out with observations about the problems with how each type of story is usually presented. For each type of story a more useful way of presenting it and a more useful way for the consumer to approach that type of news is suggested. It's helps provide a good perspective on how much news is really useful or healthy to expose oneself to. It also validates the thought that at a certain point it is perfectly fine to stop paying attention and be more occupied with what you can actually do in your own life. If you ever get overwhelmed by the tide of negativity that is the news, this book offers a way to gain a different perspective and manage the negativity a little better.

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patcarstensen
Jul 14, 2015

To do list: "to understand ourselves, to empathize with and forgive others, to accept the inevitability of suffering without falling prey to a sense of persecution, to remain tolerably hopeful, to appreciate the beauty of everyday life, and to prepare adequately for death."

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