ISBN-10:
0307476839
ISBN-13:
2900307476837
Pub. Date:
12/02/2014
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
News: A User's Manual

News: A User's Manual

by Alain de Botton
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Overview

The News: A User’s Manual is an insightful analysis of the impact of the incessant news machine on us and our culture.
   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 taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face daily, which has a huge influence on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. Alain 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 intense analysis. Why are disaster stories often so uplifting? Why do we enjoy watching politicians being brought down? Why are upheavals in far-off lands often so boring? What makes the love lives of celebrities so interesting? De Botton has written the ultimate guide for our frenzied era, designed to bring calm, understanding, and a measure of sanity to a news-obsessed age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900307476837
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2014
Series: Vintage International Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Alain de Botton is the author of nonfiction works on subjects ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His best-selling books include How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Art of Travel and The Architecture of Happiness. He lives in London, where he founded The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com) and Living Architecture (www.living-architecture.co.uk).

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Table of Contents

Contents
 
I. Preface
II. Politics
III. World News
IV. Economics
V. Celebrity
VI. Disaster
VII. Consumption
VIII. Conclusion

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