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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (344 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Farhad Manjoo Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Why has punditry overtaken news, with so many media outlets pushing partisan agendas instead of information? Why do lies seem to linger so long in the cultural subconscious even after they’ve been thoroughly discredited? And why, when more people than ever before are documenting the truth with laptops and digital cameras, does fact-free spin and propaganda seem to work so well?

Comedian Stephen Colbert’s catchword “truthiness” captured something essential about our age: that people are now more comfortable with ideas that feel true, even if the evidence for those beliefs is thin. In a subtle and fascinating exploration, Farhad Manjoo explains what’s powering this phenomenon. He explores how new technologies that give us control over what we see and read have caused “reality” to split across political and cultural lines, allowing opposing groups to subscribe not only to different opinions from each other but also different facts. In an age of talk radio, cable television, and the blog- and YouTube-addled internet universe, it is no longer necessary for any of us to confront notions that contradict what we “know” to be true.

With brilliant insights from psychology, sociology, and economics, Manjoo explains how myths pushed by both partisans and marketers—whether about global warming, the war in Iraq, 9/11, or even the virtues of a certain candy bar—have attracted wide support in recent years. His characters include the Swift Boat veterans, Lou Dobbs, and conspiracy theorists of all varieties, all of whom prove that true matters less, now, than true enough.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A perceptive analysis of the status of truth in the digital age…Manjoo has produced an engaging, illustrative look at the dangers of living in an oversaturated media world.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Ray Porter maintains a respectful, even tone in describing the examples that reflect both sides of the political aisle…Listeners will be alarmed by the influence of ‘experts on the take’ doling out what Manjoo calls ‘amateur research.’”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leroy | 2/19/2014

    " What I learned: Reality is splitting - different groups of people (FOX News viewers vs. MSNBC viewers, for example) increasingly have different versions of what they accept as real or factual. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kristin | 2/16/2014

    " This is probably one of the most influential books I have read. Although the author is biased, he really changed the way I view the media. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pete | 2/14/2014

    " Simple but illuminating. 50 years ago, when there were just a handful of news sources, we all roughly agreed on the basic facts of the political world. We just argued about the implications. Now there are sources of news for every interest and bias, so we no longer agree on even the facts. We can easily see the result: polarized electorates and an inability to maintain rational discussions about politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dave | 2/11/2014

    " A very important book. Vital insight into how we are becoming "informed". "

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