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- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0470050101
- ISBN-13 : 978-0470050101
- Dimensions : 6.18 x 1.03 x 8.78 inches
- Publisher : Wiley; 1st edition (March 1, 2008)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author uses examples of behaviors from both the right and left, so the claims that's it's a liberal rant are not correct and TOTALLY miss the points being made here. For the right he addresses the swift boat claims against John Kerry made by Republicans and for the left he addresses the claims of election fraud against Bush made by the Democrats. And both are very good examples. Claims that he's just a liberal hack are nonsense, and are actually EXCELLENT examples of the very points that this author makes.
I think it would be very good for our nation to learn about post truth. Each and every one of us can have our own opinions, but the days of having our own facts and truths must come to an end for the sake of our great nation. Post truth threatens our very existence.
Liberals who watch FOX news consider it biased and are much more likely to consider MSNBC to be balanced in its coverage of the news. Conservatives feel the opposite. Both groups are watching the same newscast but perceive it in totally different ways just as the All in the Family's viewers did in the 1970's. Yet in addition to perceiving news differently, people watch the news that agrees with their view of the world. Conservatives are more likely to watch FOX news and Liberals MSNBC. Both groups practice `selective exposure'.
In addition to the concepts of selective-perception and selective-exposure and their very important implications, the author deals with the roll, credentials, and influence of experts, objectivity of news, cagey methods of advertising, and hiring of media personalities by government, industry and lobbyists to promote certain policies. Many of the studies that Farhad Manjoo cites in the book were conducted decades ago. It is the application of the findings of those studies to significant news stories of this decade from which the book derives much of its value. True Enough is a very illuminating and entertaining read.
The only reason I've given it 4 out of 5 stars is that it is not a book you can finish in one or two reads; well, for me at least. I personally finished Kite Runner in 9.5 hours almost non stop but this one, in a lot of different reads. However, that can also be attributed to the fact that this book is of a different genre. All in all, the book is a Must read, to know how society functions today, to understand the general media trends as well as to know, how not to get caught in the propagandist nooose. "Choose wisely."
Trust plays a surprisingly large role in the well-being of a culture. Manjoo asserts that countries having greater trust typically see higher economic output than do places where trust is low. Further, people are healthier in trusting societies.
It all might seem obvious. A generation should know that we can't go on with these suspicious minds. Yet trust is at a low. Nothing would tear apart a people so thoroughly as mistrust. Manjoo says that people exist in differing realities brought on by internet blogs and cable news. The main-stream media held the role of mediator in political disputes, but that role is now diminishing. I would suggest that science played mediator before the advent of the alternate reality of corporate "sound science".
Manjoo has a way with hitting on ideas that are fundamental to the "truthiness" concept and presents them in a manner that will interest many and many will understand.
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The book is not comprehensive and, since the lack of possible counter actions makes the current descent seem inevitable, it is a bit of a downer albeit enlightening. As might be expected of a contributor to Salon, Mr. Manjoo has a leftish perspective but he does a good job of balancing his examples and observations.
The concepts Mr. Manjoo discusses are important and the book is well worth a read.
In a rare departure from the norm the author states clearly (although very late in the book) what he is trying to do:
" In this book I have explored how modern communications technology has shifted our understanding of the truth. I argue that new information tools haven't really given us faster and easier access to the news, but that they have altered our very grasp on reality. The pulsing medium fosters divergent perceptions about what's actually happening in the world -- that is, it lets each of us hold on two different versions of reality. "
He also makes clear the concepts he uses to do this. They are:
"..."selective exposure", in which we indulge information that pleases us and code ourselves among others who think as we do; "selective perception", in which we interpret documentary proof according to our long-held beliefs; "peripheral processing", which produces a swarm of phony experts; and the "hostile media phenomenon", which pushes the news away from objectivity and toward the sort of drivel one sees on cable."
These ideas are carefully illustrated with examples. The effect is to outline some of the reasons why irrationality drives so much public perception and opinion in the United States.
"True Enough" was published in 2008, before the "debate" about health care reform reached its most strident and bizarre levels. Media coverage of the issue, with all the half-truths, misrepresentations, and outright lies would have been a rich source of material to bolster the author's arguments.
On finishing this book one can't help thinking that something -- or some things -- are missing from these explanations. The problems seem somehow deeper, more fundamental than those discussed here. The failure of the school systems of most states to give students a foundation in intellectual rigor and a decent grasp of the world as it is (4 out of 10 Americans cannot name a fossil fuel) has to be important. Christian fundamentalism, mentioned by Mr. Manjoo only in passing, has a corrosive effect on perception of reality ( at least a third of Americans do not believe in the Theory of Evolution - a concept as intuitively obvious as one can be). Then there is the good, old-fashioned American isolationism, with its corollary, xenophobia. And finally -- and paradoxically in this population which embraces technological change -- there is a broad and deep reactionary note which,to quote only two examples, accounts for governments' inability to reform the nation's clearly outdated currency, and for the fact that the United States is now (and will remain) the only country in the world not to have adopted the metric system.
Readers of this book will also be interested in "Denialism", by Michael Specter. His book concentrates more on how and why many Americans staunchly resist mountains of scientific evidence bearing on matters of public policy.