The News

The News

A User's Manual

Paperback - 2014
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The News: A User's Manual is an insightful analysis of the impact of the incessant news machine on us and our culture.
   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 taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face daily, which has a huge influence on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. Alain 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 intense analysis. Why are disaster stories often so uplifting? Why do we enjoy watching politicians being brought down? Why are upheavals in far-off lands often so boring? What makes the love lives of celebrities so interesting? De Botton has written the ultimate guide for our frenzied era, designed to bring calm, understanding, and a measure of sanity to a news-obsessed age.

Publisher: New York : Vintage International, Vintage Books, a division of Random House, LLC, 2014.
Edition: First Vintage International edition.
ISBN: 9780307476838
0307476839
Characteristics: 268 pages : illustrations ; 21 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.

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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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