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The News

A User’s Manual

By Alain De Botton
13-minute read
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The News: A User’s Manual by Alain De Botton

The News (2014) reads between the lines of the constant stream of today’s news – news to which many readers are becoming increasingly indifferent. This indifference isn’t so much the reader’s fault as the media’s. Constant competition in a crowded market results in news outlets failing to package stories in a way that’s appealing, engaging and, most of all, informative.

  • News readers who want to make better choices about what to read
  • Skeptics who think mainstream news is worthless
  • Journalists who want to write better articles

Alain de Botton is a popular essayist who specializes in human culture, including love, religion, architecture and travel. In 2008, de Botton founded The School of Life, which focuses on exploring new avenues of education. His other books include Status Anxiety, Religion for Atheists and The Art of Travel.

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