The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time


The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time Author Brooke Gladstone
ISBN-10 152350238X
ISBN-13 9781523502387
Year 2017-05-16
Pages 96
Language English
Publisher Workman Publishing Company
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Reality It used to seem so simplereality just was like the weather Why question it let alone disagree about it And then came the assault an unending stream of fake news alternative facts and lies disguised as truths that is overwhelming our notions of reality Now we cant even agree on what a fact is let alone what is real How on earth did we get here Every week the award winning journalist Brooke Gladstone along with her co host Bob Garfield reaches 1 2 million listeners through more than 420 NPR affiliate stations with WNYC Studios On the Media a shrewd and witty newsmagazine that analyzes media and how it shapes our perceptions of the world With her front row perch on the days events and genius for making insightful rapid fire connections Gladstone is ideally suited to explain The Trouble with Reality Reality as she shows us was never what we thought it wasthere is always a bubble people are always subjective and prey to stereotypes And that makes reality more vulnerable than we ever thought Enter Donald J Trump and his team of advisors For them as she writes lying is the point The more blatant the lie the easier it is to hijack reality and assert power over the truth Drawing on writers as diverse as Hannah Arendt Walter Lippmann and Jonathan Swift she dissects this strategy straight out of the authoritarian playbook and shows how the Trump team mastered it She analyzes Trumps preferred method of communicationTwitter and the various types of Trumps tweets including the diversion tweet the trial balloon tweet the deflection tweet And she offers hopethe inevitable reckoning history tells us we can count onand a way to recover both our belief in reality and our sanity

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