The News

The News

A User's Manual

Book - 2014
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Random House, Inc.
The news is everywhere. We can’t stop constantly checking it on our computer screens, but what is this doing to our minds?

We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-sellingThe Architecture of Happiness), but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. In his dazzling new book, de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal news stories—including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal—and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age. He raises such questions as Why are disaster stories often so uplifting? What makes the love lives of celebrities so interesting? Why do we enjoy watching politicians being brought down? Why are upheavals in far-off lands often so boring?

In The News: A User’s Manual, de Botton has written the ultimate guide for our frenzied era, certain to bring calm, understanding and a measure of sanity to our daily (perhaps even hourly) interactions with the news machine.

(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.)

Baker & Taylor
Presents a philosophical assessment of the role of news in today's gadget-driven societies, exploring subjects ranging from politics and crime to celebrities and paparazzi while considering how the news shapes everyday worldviews.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of The Art of Travel presents a philosophical assessment of the role of news in today's gadget-driven societies, exploring subjects ranging from politics and crime to celebrities and the paparazzi while considering how the news shapes everyday worldviews.

Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780307379122
0307379124
Characteristics: pages cm

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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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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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