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Farhad Manjoo

Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society

3.6 (14 ratings)
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True Enough by Farhad Manjoo explains how our fractured media landscape leads us to create our own versions of truth, reinforcing our preexisting beliefs and dividing us further. It's a must-read for those concerned about the impact of the internet on society.

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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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    What is True Enough about?

    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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    True Enough (2008) explores the prevalence of misinformation and the ways in which our beliefs are shaped in the digital age. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers a thought-provoking analysis of how technology has enabled the spread of falsehoods, challenging our understanding of truth in an era of information overload.
    • Through compelling examples and research, the book exposes the dangers of confirmation bias and the manipulation of facts, providing valuable insights into the current media landscape.
    • Engaging and informative, it encourages critical thinking and helps readers navigate the complexities of the modern world, ensuring that the topic remains far from boring.

    Best quote from True Enough

    The bias we see in the news isnt strategic. Its real. Its real to us, at least, and thats as real as it gets.

    —Farhad Manjoo
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    Who should read True Enough?

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

    About the Author

    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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    What is the main message of True Enough?

    The main message of True Enough is that we live in a world where information is manipulated and facts are often subjective.

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    Is True Enough a good book? Is it worth reading?

    True Enough is a thought-provoking read that challenges our understanding of truth and media. It provides valuable insights into the current information landscape.

    Who is the author of True Enough?

    The author of True Enough is Farhad Manjoo.

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