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It's Not News, It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap As News Paperback – Bargain Price, May 29, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
People who are writing news, and blogging are people who would have been institutionalized in the 1970s. Now that they let all the inmates out and closed all the nut houses, the former inmates are given a computer, a microphone and a forum to write their psychotic bat guano.
However, after awhile the format of the book sinks into a rut. Silly abuse after silly abuse is shown -- along with Farker's comments. It's not that they are bad, but rather they usually follow a pattern of having little to do with the issue at hand. Rather, they come off like Leno's late-night jokes - sometimes really funny, sometimes really dumb. After awhile, you get the hint. For someone who is first looking into media criticism (beyond accusations of bias and 'corporate' control), this is a good place to start getting your bearings. Otherwise, the aformentioned Neil Postman book is probably a good companion or substitute.
Still, this is a good place to start for everyone who has watched the nightly news and said to yourself "this isn't news." You're not alone.
Don't think you have to be familiar with the website to like the book -- I'd never been to fark.com before I discovered the book in the Nashville airport.
And I disagree with the PW review: The fark.com comments do add to the book, adding another layer of analysis and a lot of humor.
If you're looking for a fun read that opens your eyes to news you read every day, this one's for you.
The result is an unfocused book. The anecdotes (most of the book) are interesting enough but grow repetitive, and the critique of news (a subject in which the author is really very qualified to comment on) is more shrill and snarky than reasoned. A late chapter briefly suggests fixes for the broken state of news; that's more of what I'd have liked to read, but right when it got going, then it was over.
A quick, fun read, but not as substantive as it might have been.
But Curtis keeps falling back into thin examples of ridiculous stories that amount to little more than a boring list. There is also a lot of unintentional irony here, as Curtis is guilty of many of weaknesses that he sarcastically condemns from Mass Media. For example, he blasts mainstream journalists for a lack of fact-checking. But here he states that Alexander Hamilton is on the $20 bill; and says he was in middle school when Johnny Carson left his show (1992) after earlier saying several times that he was in college in the early 90s. Also, Curtis slams journalists for pasting old material into new stories to take up space. But a large amount of space in this book is pasted submissions from the Fark.com message board. A few of these are surprisingly insightful but most are the cheeky pseudo-commentary that you'd expect.
This book is still good for laughs as you read about instances of stupid journalism from lazy journalists.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't waste money on this. Just visi [...] and jump in on the action.Published 4 months ago by A. Tinley
A man who has made his living off of stealing content from others complains about their content. Nothing of merit or entertainment can be found in this book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JJ Hammer
Someone who knows of my contempt for the mainstream media gave me a copy of this book. I thought I'd glean some good info as to media bias & other reasons to dismiss the MSM. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Gary M. Hetrick
I've read this before, but at this price (11 cents) a hardcover copy is worth every penny. If you like thought-provoking comedy, don't hesistate, but to buy this novel. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by ArthurSpeakman
I will admit at first Drew and his Fark website did a good job shining a spotlight on the world of business and news mixed together in their lies and deceit. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Waldo Pepper
The humor of a s***ty book that sets out as its main assertion is that most if not all information is s*** and only drunk ex fratboys and brotards have a clue, is, while... Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by Stephen Rifkin
I think it is highly foolish to think that a radio is announcing something when it just repeats the kind of crap that is produced in response to the news. Read morePublished on January 10, 2012 by no chit