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Media Makeover: Improving The News One Click at a Time (Kindle Single) (TED Books) [Kindle Edition]

Alisa Miller
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On average, many of us spend more than 70 minutes per day consuming news. That’s double the amount of time we spend caring for loved ones. How is it that we know so little about something that is such a big part of our lives? Alisa Miller, CEO of Public Radio International and media and technology leader, urges us to be aware and take control of the news if we want a more accurate picture of the world. "Media Makeover" is an entertaining and informative bird’s eye view of how “news” is made, what is missing from our news diets, why certain types of content are harder to come by, the implications for our society, and perhaps most importantly, what can be done about it. "Media Makeover" is a must-read for anyone who wants to be better informed and to take action: consumers, innovators, technologists, journalists, and media leaders alike.

“Alisa Miller shows how we need to take care of our News diet as much as our Food diet - an important book for all who care about how we learn about the world."
--Richard Sambrook, Former Director of BBC Global News and Visiting Fellow of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

"TV news is junk, utter wasted, distracting, useless junk. It's not going to get better unless we speak up, and Alisa Miller is doing just that."
--Seth Godin, Author of We Are All Weird

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  • File Size: 718 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057ZEENC
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Media Consumers (and Providers) June 29, 2011
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After reading Alisa Miller's well-written revelatory book, I'll never read or see the news the same way again. Miller lays out clearly and concisely the way news today is gathered and delivered, showing how media consumers get a skewed reality of what is important to know and understand as informed and engaged citizens. She uses excellent examples, links to sites that should be bookmarked on everyone's computer, and offers concrete steps to overcome the dangerous trend favoring sensationalism over critical local, national and world events.
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I'm a sucker for anyone who invokes the name of "60 Minutes" creator Don Hewitt in a think piece about the media. Hewitt - along with Fred Friendly, Edward R Morrow, Eric Sevareid and Pat Weaver - is in my pantheon of news pioneers.

Alisa Miller, Public Radio International president and CEO, mentions Hewitt in her second paragraph when she writes about growing up sitting on the shag carpet in her rec room in Lincoln, Neb. Sunday nights slurping tomato soup and watching "60 Minutes" for its ability to transport her to "magical places all over the world."

So there you have it. Miller grabbed me early and I tend give in to everything she says in her Kindle Short. What she has to say is salient and important. Everything is certainly well documented and footnoted.

"Media Makeover" is really a love story about Miller's life-long attachment to the news and news media technology and delivery. In its essence it is really an essay about the powerful effect and pull of stories and storytelling. "I wanted to understand how news is made - or could be made - and when they are at their best, how stories can move people and even improve lives," Miller says.

The state of the news, Miller argues, has pretty much gone to hell in a hand basket. Less than a third of Americans believe the press gets the facts straight and a meager 18 percent believe the news is presented fairly. Miller points out that with ratings like that very few products would manage to survive. But the news continues to be delivered and to serve its preeminent function by setting our information agenda. News isn't very good at telling information seekers what to think, but it is "stunningly good at telling them what to think about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY an intelligent approach to fair journalism! August 18, 2011
By Sheila
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This book is brief, an easy read, and compelling. She quotes research and identifies trends. I have 15 years experience in the News Industry. I see how they work behind the scenes. Not only does the author illustrate the obvious, she has insight and is implementing a plan to create a realistic and socially-responsible news platform. Stop complaining about the bias and negligence in news industry and help create change. Please be part of the solution as opposed to complaining and be frustrated, or worse (ignoring reality all together.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! August 4, 2011
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Love this eBook concept.

Alisa's intention is big: to lead the effort to improve the news we consume, which in turn can transform our conversation about just about everything. She begins by informing us just how "news" is made and what is missing from the news we consume on a daily basis. She talks about what kind of news never reaches us and the implications that has for our culture. Better yet, Alisa tells us what we can do about it by taking control of the news we consume.

She's passionate about raising the current sleaze standard of our news to provide the kind of news we all crave (I do, don't you?) and she was so jazzed by the impressive reception her four minute TED talk gave in 2008 (hundreds of thousands have downloaded it and you should too) that she decided to expand on the subject, hence Media Makeover was born.
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