How the News Makes Us Dumb: The Death of Wisdom in an by C. John Sommerville

By C. John Sommerville

We who reside on the finish of the 20 th century are higher informed--and extra fast informed--than any humans in historical past. So why will we additionally look extra burdened, divided and silly than ever before?

Some pundits criticize the inside track media for political bias. different analysts fear that up to the moment information experiences on radio and tv oversimplify advanced realities. nonetheless extra critics indicate that present day journalists cannot almost certainly be specialists at the wide array of matters they hide. Historian C. John Sommerville thinks the matter with information is extra simple. Focusing his critique at the information at its most sensible, he concludes that even at its top it's past repair.

Sommerville argues that information started to make us dumber once we insisted on having it day-by-day. Now hundreds of thousands of column inches and airtime hours needs to be choked with information--every day, each hour, each minute. the scoop, Sommerville says, turns into the motive force for far of our public tradition. information schedules flip politics right into a perpetual crusade. information packaging affects the timing, content material and conception of presidency projects. information frenzies make a superstition out of clinical and clinical examine. information polls and information create opinion up to they gauge it. misplaced within the tidal wave of knowledge is our skill to parent really major news--and our skill to acknowledge and perform actual community.

This eye-opening e-book is for everybody upset with the nation of the scoop media, yet specially in the event you imagine the inside track quite informs them approximately and connects them with the true global. learn it and you can by no means back understand the tyranny of the day-by-day newspaper or the nightly information broadcast.

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