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Slow News: A Manifesto for the Critical News Consumer

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With this provocative and concise book, journalist Peter Laufer launches a Slow News movement, inviting us to question the value of the perpetual empty-calorie news that accompanies our daily lives.

Slow News: A Manifesto for the Critical News Consumer examines the nature of news in the context of the increasingly frenetic pace of modern life in the twenty-first century. Ta
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published 2014 by Oregon State University Press (first published 2011)
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Courtney
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Slow News was a very frustrating read for me. Some of Laufer's points are spot on, and I like that he's encouraging people to break (or at least reconsider) their emotional investment in constant news alerts and updates. Making thoughtful decisions about what news to read or watch or listen to is a far cry from the helpless, reactive consumption patterns one can easily slip into. Cultivating a more strategic approach to media is a timely and worthwhile initiative.

However, despite the volume's sl
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Kathy Duffy
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
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Short, concise, common sense approach to limiting the barrage of news-- telling real news from "fake" news.

In this insane 4 months of Twitter leading the news around by the nose and never being able to get REAL from the major tweeter - I would highly recommend it. I think my training as a librarian covered most of it but the description of a CNN news cycle how much time devoted to ads, teasers for upcoming segments and how much time is actually committed to transferring information may be a real
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Jean-Paul Keulen
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it
In Slow News, journalist Peter Laufer gives his audience some tips on how to best consume the news. He makes some valid points. For example, when something big is happening, you could ask yourself: “Do I really need constant updates while the story develops, or can I wait a little longer until the dust has settled?” Sometimes, Laufer’s solutions seem a little drastic though. Yeah, you could throw out your tv or quit your Twitter account - but you could also learn how to use these media more effe ...more
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Peter Laufer, Ph.D., is the author of more than a dozen books that deal with social and political issues, including "Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq," "Wetback Nation: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border," and "Iron Curtain Rising: A Personal Journey through the Changing Landscape of Eastern Eurpoe." He is the coanchor of "The Peter Laufer Show" on radio station Gre ...more