Navigating the News

Navigating the News

A Political Media User's Guide

Book - 2013
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This is the book for anyone who aspires to the title "informed citizen." It clearly explains how political news works, how the media influences readers, and how to sort through it all to be a better, smarter consumer of political news. In a perfect world, political news would be objective and fact-based. Instead, it is biased and unreliable. This book was written to help readers master the media. 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 politics, 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. Features include: Shows readers how to spot bad political arguments, as well as why they should be skeptical of the""hard data" behind many of those arguments ; Shares clear, accessible explanations of the ever-present biases that affect our view of political news ; Offers a multitude of clear examples taken from current politics on ways in which media distorts political information and messages ; Provides a compelling look at social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter as sources of political information, how we perceive information from these venues, and how they affect our understanding of American political dialogue. -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781440803222
Branch Call Number: 070.44932 BARANOWS
Characteristics: 173 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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