S. McCauley

"Seamus McCauley"
(REAL NAME)
 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (72 of 82)
Location: London, England
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,045,337 - Total Helpful Votes: 72 of 82
Can You Trust the Media? by Adrian Monck
Can You Trust the Media? by Adrian Monck
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The media is just people, 30 April 2008
Many of journalism's finest minds are already working to save journalism in the information age - speculating about the "audience" experiences and the business models that have to emerge online if as a free society we are to continue to reap the benefits of journalism. As attention moves online, the question commonly goes, how is journalism going to make enough money to hold politicians and corporations to account, scrutinise the claims of public figures or reveal scandals to public view? If it currently takes the sort of resources available to the BBC, a major national newspaper or a TV news network to carry out thorough investigative journalism, how are the far smaller revenues available… Read more
The Logic Of Life: Uncovering the New Economics of&hellip by Tim Harford
55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Just finished "The Logic of Life", the second book by Tim Harford of "Undercover Economist" fame, and recommend it to anyone with an interest in economics and/or how the world works.

The book's essential premise is that you're not as stupid as you look: or, to put it another way, that human behaviour is the product of rational choices, however seemingly irrational, destructive or absurd the outcomes of those choices may be. The book then ranges across subjects as diverse as the causes of the industrial revolution, institutional racism and teen America's fondness for oral sex to prove the case. (Incidentally I tip my hat the poor sap who, one assumes, wagered that Tim couldn't… Read more
The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
It is occasionally admitted by education policy-makers that we would all benefit from an understanding of personal finance, our role as consumers and the workings of the market economy as much as we do from traditional areas of study. Tim Harford's "Undercover Economist" would make an excellent foundation for such a course. Like his engaging FT column of the same name, Harford's first book provides an erudite yet lucid view of how economics can be used to understand our day-to-day lives.

The book takes the now-familiar approach of examining quotidian phenomena through the lenses available to professional economists: game theory, statistical analysis, econometrics etc. A reliance… Read more