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F.S. Michaels

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Winner of the 2011 NCTE George Orwell Award for outstanding contributions to the critical analysis of public discourse.

One of The Atlantic's Top 11 psychology books of 2011.

In Monoculture , F.S. Michaels draws on extensive research and makes surprising connections among disciplines to take a big-picture look at how one story is changing everything.

Michaels' research and writing have been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Killam Trusts, and regional and municipal arts councils. Michaels has an MBA, and lives in British Columbia.



A great read on the corporatization of news from the Financial Times. What’s particularly interesting to me is that such established outlets like the Wall Street Journal in the US and The Guardian in the UK are participating in this evolution as much as they are.


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"The Wall Street Journal’s newsroom is not involved in sponsored content but its commercial team tells...
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“A good story, well told, makes you realize you were yearning for something you had no name for, something you didn’t even know you wanted.”
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“It is easy to forget how mysterious and mighty stories are. They do their work in silence, invisibly. They work with all the internal materials of the mind and self. They become part of you while changing you. Beware the stories you read or tell; subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world. —BEN OKRI”
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“There is no such thing as just a story. A story is always charged with meaning...And we can be sure that if we know a story well enough to tell it, it carries meaning for us. —ROBERT FULFORD”
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