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Read online The News: A User's Manual.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The News: A User's Manual The news is everywhere We can t stop constantly checking it on our computer screens 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 author of the best selling i The Architecture of Happiness i but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives In his dazzling new book 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 .

In i The News A User s Manual i 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 .

With black and white illustrations throughout by Alain de Botton

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The News: A User's Manual
Title:The News: A User's Manual
Format Type:eBook PDF / e-Pub
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ISBN:0307379124
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Number of Pages:272
Category:non-fiction, philosophy, journalism, politics
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