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It's Not News It's Fark: How Mainstream Media Tries to Pass Off Crap as News Paperback – 21 Jul 2008
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"It's Not News, It's Fark" does more to advance the journalistic art than all the millions spent by the Poynter Institute, the Shorenstein Center, the Nieman Foundation, the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the "Columbia Journalism Review" and the "American Journalism Review," the Committee of Concerned Journalists, the various Annenberg outposts, and the Freedom Forum, combined...Instead of urging journalists to raise their standards the typical tack taken by the press-guardian-industrial complex Curtis puts the onus on readers, insisting that they become better news consumers.
aA funny book, containing some of the siteas greatest hits, but itas also a sharp and well-deserved criticism of the news mediaaand life in a capitalistic, all-information, all-the-time world.a
aDrew Curtis knows his crap. In "Itas Not News, Itas Fark," he dissects this ubiquitous scaremongering and space-filling fluff.a
aThe undisputed king of weird news online.a
A funny book, containing some of the site s greatest hits, but it s also a sharp and well-deserved criticism of the news media and life in a capitalistic, all-information, all-the-time world.
Drew Curtis knows his crap. In "It s Not News, It s Fark", he dissects this ubiquitous scaremongering and space-filling fluff.
The undisputed king of weird news online.
?A funny book, containing some of the site's greatest hits, but it's also a sharp and well-deserved criticism of the news media?and life in a capitalistic, all-information, all-the-time world.?
?Drew Curtis knows his crap. In "It's Not News, It's Fark", he dissects this ubiquitous scaremongering and space-filling fluff.?
?The undisputed king of weird news online.?
A founder of the popular comedic news Web site describes media patterns that demonstrate the lack of accurate and quality reportage taking place in the media world today, revealing practices of news mongers, bogus press releases, and coverage of seemingly inane subjects. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.See all Product description
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The idea of doing a "Fark" book must have been around for a long time. The potential audience for an annual "best of" compilation would be huge. For some reason (probably licensing problems) Curtis resisted this temptation in favour of a pseudo-academic approach on the nature of media reporting, backed up with examples and comments from the pages of his website.
Not a bad idea, you might think.
However, the result is, to put it mildly, rather on the simplistic side. Very few people need any of Curtis's points explained; he is not, despite the blurb on the book, revealing anything that anyone older than about fourteen would not be somewhat familiar with anyway. I honestly couldn't recommend the book as an insight into media reporting to anyone over school age.
In addition, as we go further through the book, we find less and less of Curtis's thinking (which is coherently expressed, if a little obvious), and more and more from the website. It is entertaining to read some of the stories, although the comments published alongside them are rather random, and knowing the site well, certainly not of the standard of some of the best comments to be found on the site. (surely Curtis wasn't making sure certain commenters got quoted in the book?)
Overall an entertaining read; definitely a vanity project on Curtis's part. He's not a great writer, and obviously doesn't have either the experience or the gravitas to carry off the book he hoped to write. Perhaps next time he should stick to the "Best of..."
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I bought this book as a default action, also to see if I was referenced in it by happenstance. I wasn't.
Drew Curtis is very insightful, reading Drews words on what news is important vs. what news is merely convenient to report on, what is and what isn't news, and what Fark really is will open your eyes. Included in the book is commentary by Stephen King.
Regardless of you political beliefs or what news network you prefer most this is a must read if you have any desire to filter the news from the crap.