Flat Earth News: An Award-Winning Reporter Exposes Falsehood, Distortion and Propaganda in the Global Media
Davis takes us on a journey through contemporary journalism and critiques many aspects of the news that many of us take at face value. His assaults are brilliantly argued, well reasoned and engaging.
He attacks churnalism, the lack of journalistic rigor brought on by 24 hour news (for example, some BBC news articles are written in just 5 minutes!), the influence of PR, morally and legally d ...more
John Humphries says "If you watch the news you should read this book" but don't let him put you off. This is an insider's expose of how and why journalism has descended into "churnalism" - regurgitating agency news feeds, press releases and celebrity gossip as "news", squeezing more column inches from tired journalists, and more pounds ...more
Two bugbears for me, which Davies addresses, among others: one, the under-representation of real news, that is, local news which might make a difference to local communities. The national papers use a common agenda, ...more
Davies argues that by the establishment of media empires in the 1980 and 1990s there started a trend towards rationalisation of news production. Budgets were lowered, fewer journalists were required to produce more news. This has led to a decline in the qualit ...more
Книга Ніка Дейвіса затримує на собі погляд. Певно, це і творцю обкладинки комплімент: яскрава, гаряча, виразний титул, об’ємна - проситься до рук. Про що вона? «Системні вади» і «надмірна комерціалізація» журналістики – оці два ключових слова знайдете в анотації до книги. Однак «Новини пласкої землі» - достатньо далекі від порожніх констатацій. Адже автор - журналіст із понад тридцятилітнім стажем, озброївшись допомогою і підтримкою згаданих у книзі й із певних причин анонімних колег, узявся кро...more
The book is focused on the UK with bits on the US, but as the media is becoming more and more global (and more crap), a lot of the description ...more
It is also a sober reminder of why we have to be critical of the media, even though it is a necessary foundation of democracy. In fact if the media is the 4th state, then the reader is the 5th state.
As a side note. I thought I could not ...more
Nick Davies baseert zich, logisch, op wat er zich afspeelt in de Britse pers, maar je kunt het patroon ook toepassen voor de Belgische pers, me dunkt. Wat krijg je te lezen: hoe bepaalde nieuwsjes uitverg ...more
Class: P-B1 (FP)
This was a surprising book, which made me open my eyes about what I diary read in the newspaper.
This was also a sad book, because now I know for certain (I already had my doubts!) that much of what I see in the news has very little to do with the truth.
It was a surprising book and it was a good book to read, but it has its flaws:
- it is too long and often slow to come to the point;
- the author too has his personal battles and prejudice: is anger toward Murdoch (maybe ju ...more
Nick Davies looks at the changing face of media owners. They are no longer people whose main interest is good news reporting but business folks whose focus is profit over good journalism and that is reflected in ever increasing cuts in budgets and resources leaving little time for fact checking.
The increasing reliance upon and influence of PR is examined. It's sobering to note that there ...more
Davies worked on Fleet Street, home of ...more
First of all, the publisher successfully managed to publish a book with low translation quality. To think this book is an award-winning work of a well-known journalist, I strongly recommend a re-do of the translation. Many times it was easy to guess the English words for the Vietnamese texts that I was reading (and I was so sure that my reverse translation would be very c ...more
i reread the bit on chernobyle, after a ...more
Davies covers a number of compelling topics that fall into the dubious category of flat earth news. From the Y2K bug to Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction. He also touches the tip of the phone hacking scandal iceberg, that he would later go onto develop further and fully on his outstanding, “Hack Attack” a few years later. He also gives a terrifying insight into the CIA’s reach and power within the world of media, describing its latent presence in almost every capital city in the world.
He bri ...more
Flat Earth News is Nick Davies’s “exposé” of the practices of the media. Nick is, of course, a brilliant Guardian journalist, and is perhaps the journalist most responsible for the eventual uncovering of the widespread use of phone h ...more