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Wise analysis of News and its affects on our lives,
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This review is from: The News: A User's Manual (Hardcover)
This is a great book that contains more than just an investigation into the news. Whilst De Botton does, chapter by chapter, examine the purpose and historical connections between different sections of the news: celebrity, politics, disaster etc. He also provides many strong insights into human psychology of WHY we are drawn to certain stories, and HOW they affect us.
Although De Botton provides practical ideas on how to navigate the news in your own life, which are great, his suggestions to Journalists seem rather idealistic, and I cannot see them ever happening. That however, is probably not a good thing.
I'd recommend anyone who reads the news to read this, which is mostly everyone.