The News

The News

A User's Manual

Large Print - 2014
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The news is everywhere. We can't stop constantly checking it on our computes, 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, but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. Here, 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? 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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410470058
Branch Call Number: 302.23 D352n 2014
Characteristics: 305 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm


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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.

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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