Navigating the News: A Political Media User's Guide

Navigating the News: A Political Media User's Guide

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In a perfect world, political news would be objective and fact-based. Instead, it is biased and unreliable. This engaging book was written to help readers master the media. Combining insight and humor, it exposes the bias, irrationality, bad arguments, and misleading numbers that abound in political media. It shows readers how to take advantage of available news sources, and it guides them in developing the skills needed to sort through the flood of hype and misinformation. Specifically, the book examines types of political media and why it matters whether one gets political news from television, radio, newspapers, or the Internet, including social media. It discusses the latest developments in political behavior, economics, media studies, and neuroscience to explain why the political media does what it does to systematically distort consumers' view of politicsa€”and it looks at ways consumers tend to be irrational in choosing and interpreting news. Finally, it offers concrete suggestions that will enable readers to become more critical of what they read, see, and hear.But ita#39;s not all fluff: the sitea#39;s reporting has received some critical praise, most recently a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for national ... fraction of Facebook posts or Twitter tweets includes a news link, even small fractions are a big deal with that many users.

Title:Navigating the News: A Political Media User's Guide
Author:Michael K. Baranowski
Publisher:ABC-CLIO - 2013-07-19


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