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True Enough

Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society

By Farhad Manjoo
16-minute read
True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society by Farhad Manjoo

True Enough is an exploration of how facts are dealt with in the news and media. It explains how our preconceptions and opinions shape the way we experience reality, and how media producers manipulate us by using our notions to their advantage.

  • Anyone interested in our relationship with the media
  • Anyone interested in sociology
  • Anyone interested in psychology

Farhad Manjoo is an author and journalist. He serves as a technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, has written for the New York Times since 2014 and contributes regularly to NPR.

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True Enough

Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society

By Farhad Manjoo
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True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society by Farhad Manjoo
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True Enough is an exploration of how facts are dealt with in the news and media. It explains how our preconceptions and opinions shape the way we experience reality, and how media producers manipulate us by using our notions to their advantage.

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What's in it for me? Learn how the media is manipulating you.

Thanks to the Digital Revolution, the media and the news landscape have undergone massive changes in recent years. Some changes have been good, but some have been detrimental, especially changes in media. In True Enough, Farhad Manjoo shows us how easily PR firms, false experts, news agencies and conspiracy theorists can use existing media outlets to manipulate us. He also shows how you, as a consumer, are biased against certain pieces of news and how your preexisting beliefs deeply affect the way you process new information.

In these blinks, you'll find out why it's now so much easier for producers to bend “facts,” and the ways they manage to do it. You’ll also learn:

  • why unfounded conspiracy theories can spread so rapidly;
  • why opposing football fans can watch the same game footage and see different results;
  • how a cigarette company manipulated smokers into fighting anti-smoking laws without them knowing;
  • how a group of conservative veterans might’ve swung the 2004 presidential election and
  • why Democrats and Republicans both think the media is biased against them.
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