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The News: A User's Manual - (Vintage International)by Alain De Botton (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 272

Genre: Philosophy

Sub-Genre: General

Series Title: Vintage International

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Vintage

Author: Alain De Botton

Language: English

Street Date: December 2, 2014
TCIN: 16530393
UPC: 9780307476838
Item Number (DPCI): 247-35-8530

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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.

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