True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society

True Enough Learning to Live in a Post Fact Society Why has punditry lately overtaken news Why do lies seem to linger so long in the cultural subconscious even after they ve been thoroughly discredited And why when people than ever before are document

  • Title: True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society
  • Author: Farhad Manjoo
  • ISBN: 9780470050101
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Why has punditry lately overtaken news Why do lies seem to linger so long in the cultural subconscious even after they ve been thoroughly discredited And why, when people than ever before are documenting the truth with laptops and digital cameras, does fact free spin and propaganda seem to work so well True Enough explores leading controversies of national politicsWhy has punditry lately overtaken news Why do lies seem to linger so long in the cultural subconscious even after they ve been thoroughly discredited And why, when people than ever before are documenting the truth with laptops and digital cameras, does fact free spin and propaganda seem to work so well True Enough explores leading controversies of national politics, foreign affairs, science, and business, explaining how Americans have begun to organize themselves into echo chambers that harbor diametrically different facts not merely opinions from those of the larger culture.

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    1. This was my election 2008 attempt-to-escape-the-news read. And it served its purpose well. It covers an awful lot of ground, but its main point is this. People tend to interpret and understand new information in a way that accords with their existing views. Just as fans of opposing teams "see" different football games (and blame referees accordingly), consumers "see" different news reports. And although we look for truth (to a point), we are seeking information that jibes with our beliefs and af [...]

    2. Written 10 years ago, before Trump and “fake news” and when Facebook and Twitter were still in their infancy, this book made the argument that we’ve become a nation of individuals that have barricaded ourselves into to our respective idealogical corners. We interact only with those who agree with us, we search for news that only fits our worldview, and when we find a divergent viewpoint we either ignore it or choose from an endless stream of online information that seemingly refutes it. Ra [...]

    3. Not living up to the title irks me, even if the book remains thought-provoking and readable.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 [...]

    4. 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 Med [...]

    5. Foi escrito em 2008, mas explica esse ano de 2016 tranquilamente. Ainda na linha do The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data, mas explicando porque controvérsias persistem, resolvi ler e não me arrependi. Farhad Manjoo pega uma série de controvérsias americanas, como o passado de John Kerry durante a guerra do Vietnã e o 9/11 para mostrar como controvérsias são criadas e a que servem. E como, depois que isso acontece, atingir um consenso é impossíve [...]

    6. True Enough is a quick and accessible read that never drags or becomes uninteresting. It's all very well-researched and very interesting, but I just wish that, having explained how and why we've come to live in a post-fact society, Farhad Manjoo had spent at least a few pages talking about how we can dig ourselves out of a world where Truthiness has taken over.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: [...]

    7. Enlightening look at how we consume and process information, and what influences our choice of media outlets and content. Manjoo explains very clearly our biases, and how modern technology and historical changes affected the ways we now decide what is true. Very well-written, easy to understand, full of fascinating anecdotes and examples.

    8. Know who is sponsoring the information and where it is coming from.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.

    9. When you are watching your favorite sports team, you may be seeing a completely different game than the spectators on the other side of the field. Through selective perception, people perceive reality based upon their personal biases; thus, an individual creates his or her own reality. Farhad Manjoo's True Enough provides insight into the dangers of a fragmented society. Manjoo discusses the 1951 football game between Princeton and Dartmouth. Fans on both sides walked away from the game with div [...]

    10. If you like Malcolm Gladwell-esque social science books about how other people think and why they act the way they do, this is the book for you. If you've ever wondered how people can be so blind to the facts, or draw such stupid conclusions, or watch Fox News, "True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society" explains it all.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, [...]

    11. I didn't like this book much, even though I entirely agree with the author's premise. I'm interested in the media and societal theories Manjoo discusses, but the writing was a bit dull and didn't hold my interest. I didn't learn anything from it that I didn't already know, probably because I'm already quite familiar with this subject.

    12. "Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?" --George Carlin"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 [...]

    13. this book spotlights some terrifying implications around the fragmentation and silo-ing of mediad the effects can already be clearly seen in the flavoring of news programs, blogs, etc. :(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 Kerry Sw [...]

    14. Do we twist the things we read and watch to match our own beliefs? Do we dismiss those things that do not fit in our worldview? This book says "yes".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 [...]

    15. I would give this three stars for my own experience of reading it, but because I think the message is so important, and because I think there are a lot of people still blind to this, I tacked on a star for content. The author points out how 'reality' has been hijacked in all kinds of directions and a good deal of what we see and hear (on television, radio, internet) is deceptive - regardless of which side of an issue we agree with. He writes of the "amateurization of expertise", in which people [...]

    16. This could have been a good book, but Manjoo is the type of modern day political sycophant who doesn't understand that his base opinions are rooted in a far-left ideology. The theoretical points in the book are "true enough," but the overall impact of the book is lessened by Manjoo only attacking the right and making the left seem as though they are guilt-free in creating the depraved media culture that we're saddled with today.

    17. True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society, By Farhad Manjoo, gives an in depth analysis of how humans process information from a psychological standpoint and how recent changes in technology and media outlets has taken advantage of this and diminished objectivity and facts in modern American society. Manjoo uses a wide array of case studies – from the 2004 presidential election to the 1951 Princeton vs. Dartmouth football game – to show that we a certainly living in a post fact so [...]

    18. Published in 2008 this book could not be more relevant today. It's about how "belief" (or how something "feels" true in the absence of any facts - aka Colbert's "truthiness") triumphs over fact in the new age of media fragmentation and technology. Manjoo documents evidence and studies from psychology, sociology, political science and economics to prove his points. We ARE living two (or more) separate realities. Conservatives have a reality and Liberals have a reality and the two are very differe [...]

    19. The book does a decent job of explaining how/why things happen (and happened), but as another reviewer on the book commented already, any book with a subtitle "Learning to Live." needs to have some kind of prescriptive suggestions or solutions for how to deal with the problem described, and this one yields none. It doesn't even pretend to try--it just ends after listing the five different forms of "post-factual" behavior we see.To be fair, this isn't really a new phenomenon--I suspect that if we [...]

    20. A good breakdown of how though the truth is out there, it is often hard to find. It covers those that actively distort the truth, and how each of us will perceive things in different ways (coming to learn different truths). We are all biased, bias leads to particularized trust (tribalism), which diminishes generalized trust (greater society). The internet, and whatever else we choose to get our information from, usually feeds our biases.

    21. I'm going to let the last sentence of the book do the talking for me: "Choosing means trusting some people and distrusting the rest. Choose wisely." This was written in the late 2000's - before we had a President Obama, but it seems even more poignant today in the scary glimpse at the future it offered.

    22. True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society by Farhad Manjoo is a well-crafted book that presents through the use of many examples how the quest for information is incredibly clouded by several outside and often conflicting influences. This book delves into the not so obvious ways in which politics, corporations, powerful publishers with agendas have affected both the content of information that is presented by news sources as well as the “slant” that the information is given, even [...]

    23. Manjoo's point is simple. In a world where people can get their news on any issue on the internet, they can select from a wide variety of sources. This impacts what we know, because these sources emphasize different perspectives, and do so differently, and sometimes dishonestly. These sources contain biases, usually political ones, or because they vary in terms of quality, and most importantly, in terms of their target readership. They seek a particular audience, and this audience in return seek [...]

    24. This book was really terrific, as might be evidenced by the fact that I flew through it in three days. But don't let that fool you - it wasn't all fluff and non-sense. There are some really great ideas in here and though the information is mildly complex and riddled with sociological terms, it never feels intimidating or unreadable; in fact, I'd say it reads like the perfect text book on modern mainstream media. A lot of ground is covered - how the left and right differ in their thinking, why th [...]

    25. This is a truly fascinating book that I just happened to finish reading at the same time as I was catching up on my Freakanomics podcasts. The podcast on Media Bias, offered even more support for Manjoo's argument on the subjective ways in which people on both sides of the political spectrum construct their reality.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 [...]

    26. This book is mentioned in the thoughtful-if-long New York Times Magazine article "Texts Without Context", which explores how technology is altering the way we absorb ideas, especially the written word, and how that change in subjectivity is setting us up for subtle but radical shifts in everything from political discourse to the rights of authors.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-Fac [...]

    27. Attempts to answer the important question: "How can so many people who live in the same place see the world so differently?"Belongs on the shelf withThe Republican BrainandThe Filter Bubble. Manjoo's argument identifies four factors that have contributed to the proliferation of competing realities:1) Selective Exposure - consuming information that confirms your presuppositions and avoiding information that complicates them2) Selective Perception - interpreting documentary proof according your yo [...]

    28. I really like what Manjoo has to say about technology and geeky techy stuff in the column he writes for Slate. I sort of thought his book might build off that, and talk about how technology and the Internet impact the way we perceive what is "true" and what we believe. That wound up being a very, very small part of this book. I'm not even sure what the majority of the book was about. It was just a disjointed ramble about cable news hacks (Lou Dobbs gets an entire chapter), Steven Colbert's "trut [...]

    29. A lot of what I read now has to do with sociology and psychology, as it is at least peripherally useful when it comes to my job which involves influencing people. This book offers some ideas that I haven't heard of before, concepts of weak and strong dissonance, and the idea that different political leanings result in different reactions to weak dissonance and strong dissonance. I highly recommend this book to anyone who takes for granted that people can be convinced by reason alone--and especia [...]

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