Blur: How to Know What's True in the Age of Information Overload review
Posted on 2012-07-23 22:01:00
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Blur by Tom Rosenstiel, Bill Kovach
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This book was...well, OK. I bet it would be interesting if you were interested in journalism or journalistic ethics.
The main point for news consumers is that it's good to ask the following questions when analyzing a news story:
- What kind of content am I encountering?
- Is the information complete; and if not, what am I missing?
- Who or what are the sources, and why should I believe them?
- What evidence is presented, and how was it tested or vetted?
- What might be an alternative explanation or understanding?
- Am I learning what I need to?
and then there are chapters about each of these that aren't that interesting. It did make me feel better about subscribing to the New York Times, at least.
(why did I buy this book, you ask? Well, it was on sale at Bookpeople and I thought it was worth a shot. Oh well - can't win them all!)
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