The News

The News

A User's Manual

Book - 2014
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The news is everywhere. We can't stop constantly checking it on our computes, but what is this doing to our minds? We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton, but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. Here, 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 unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age. He raises such questions as: Why are disaster stories often so uplifting? What makes the love lives of celebrities so interesting? Why do we enjoy watching politicians being brought down? Why are upheavals in far-off lands often so boring? De Botton has written the ultimate guide for our frenzied era, certain to bring calm, understanding and a measure of sanity to our daily (perhaps even hourly) interactions with the news machine.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2014
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780307476838
Branch Call Number: 302.23 DEBOTTO
Characteristics: 268 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Alternative Title: News


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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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