True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society
Picture yourself at a college football championship game. Cheering fans of both teams clog the stands. The play is rough, and the crowd is fed up. Supporters of each side insist that their own guys are playing fair but the other team is clearly breaking the rules. How can both sides be right? According to the surprising insights of True Enough, they are: when sports fans c...more
When you entitle a book with something like, "Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society", there's an implication that you might drop a few bits of wisdom on what the hell you should actually do about the current state of affairs.
Farhad Manjoo sets up his arguments quite well, asserting that the changes in media and the way humans think has led to a fractured culture where people don't merely disagree but de...more
Manjoo, who now writes for Slate (but who wrote for Salon when the book was published) uses real-life case-studies to illustrate and illuminate how bias in the media,...more
There's really nothing new in Manjoo's book. Yes, I realize that I'm always being sold something. Yes, I realize that I have a pre-existing mindset. I know that there are right wing lobbyists that are always up to their nefarious ends...
The book wasn’t bad though. It just reiterated what I already knew. It relied heavily on some sociology experiments that were rather fun to read about, and heaven knows I would never pick up “Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,” or “Journal of Medical...more
Be aware of cognitive behavioral biases.
Try to be objective.
Read from source you don't normally read to enrich your point of view.
Open your mind a be ready to embrace different information and create an informed opinion.
Key points for me:
- selective exposure: psych coping mechanism to reinforce listening to what one wants to hear and already believes. E.g. Smoking/cancer test in 60s, Alive & Well AIDS,
- media fragmentation: people can live in their own parallel versions of realities not based on fact/science (John Ker...more
"This isn't about what is . . . it's about what people think is. It's all imaginary anyway. That's why it's important. People only fight over imaginary things." --Neil Gaiman, American Gods
"If they think it's the truth, then they believe it, and if they believe it long enough, then it becomes the truth." --Jason Carter Eaton, The Facttracker
"Each of us thinks tha...more
I thought this was a great companion to Drew Curtis' It's Not News It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap As News (disclosure:...more
With respect to this book itself, the article includes the following paragraph:
As Mr. Manjoo observes in “True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact...more
My favorite part, which I think should be required reading during elections, is about the Weak/Strong Consonant/Dissonant arguments and how we are prone to react to them. In a study t...more
In it, Manjoo sets out to make three main points:
1) People consume news in such a way as to confirm their own preconceived biases and notions of the way in which the world works.
2) With the splintering of media (tv > cable, newspapers > web, etc) it has become easier than ever before for individuals to only expose themselves to information which supports their wor...more
This Book was OK, but claiming to be non-partisan, he still has a bias. Those on the right are considered unintelligent (Rush Limbaugh) but the left just bend the truth (Truthers). He claims, according to research, Republicans are more likely to be bias in their information than Democrats.
He believes that those who disagree with Global warming are...more
I have a favorite paragraph, want to hear it? Here it goes:
"For people who feel strongly about an issue - for Apples fanatics, for abortion partisans, for folks who think they know the truth about global warming or what's going on in the Middle East - reality feels distinct and lumino...more
Another reviewer mentions how the book did not live up to the title, and I share that frustration. Manjoo bids us to "choose wisely" when we evaluate the information with which we are bombarded...but offers little on how to break free of our biases. I think most of us know which camps we fall into (for example, I watch the Daily Show and listen to NPR--guess which way I vote?!) and do choose the information that supports our views. And we understand this, and accept i...more
Much of what we either take for fact, or argue over, is generated by shadow organizations that feed into our "news" stream. Sometimes directly, but without 'credit', and just as often ind...more
1. Making you think about how truly objective you really are.
2. Making you question the authority of the information (particularly news and "expert") sources you are willing to trust and the ones that you already doubt.
3. Understanding the increasing Balkanization of our communities by information/new/"expert" sources we trust as they relate to our social/poli...more
He's very skeptical about the future of 'broad' trust in society, in part because the Internet allows for a segregation and flowering of small trust communities, that work to subvert general, broad trust.
I think he's being short sighted about community, communications,...more