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UnSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation

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Publisher Comments:

Americans are bombarded daily with mixed messages, half-truths, misleading statements, and out-and-out fabrications masquerading as facts. The news media–once the vaunted watchdogs of our republic–are often too timid or distracted to identify these deceptions.

unSpun is the secret decoder ring for the twenty-first-century world of disinformation. Written by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, the founders of the acclaimed website FactCheck.org, unSpun reveals the secrets of separating facts from disinformation, such as:

• the warning signs of spin, hype, and bogus news

• common tricks used to deceive us

• how to find trustworthy and objective sources of information

Telling fact from fiction shouldn’t be a difficult task. With this book and a healthy dose of skepticism, anyone can cut through the haze of biased media reportage to be a savvier consumer and a better-informed citizen.

“Read this book and you will not go unarmed into the political wars ahead of us. Jackson and Jamieson equip us to be our own truth squad, and that just might be the salvation of democracy.”

–Bill Moyers

“THE DEFINITIVE B.S. DETECTOR–AN ABSOLUTELY INVALUABLE GUIDEBOOK.”

–Mark Shields, syndicated columnist and political analyst, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

unSpun is an essential guide to cutting through the political fog. Just in time for the 2008 campaign, Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson have written a citizen’s guide to avoiding the malarkey of partisan politics.”

–Mara Liasson, NPR national political correspondent

“The Internet may be a wildly effective means of communication and an invaluable source of knowledge, but it has also become a new virtual haven for scammers–financial, political, even personal. Better than anything written before, unSpun shows us how to recognize these scams and protect ourselves from them.”

–Craig Newmark, founder and customer service representative, Craigslist.org

Synopsis:

A practical guide to identifying bunk--from fact-twisting political ads and dubious infomercials to corporate PR and false e-mails--explains how and where to pick out the truth from the masses of false data, misleading messages, and fake resources. Original. 50,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Americans are bombarded daily with mixed messages, half-truths, misleading statements, and out-and-out fabrications masquerading as facts. The news media-once the vaunted watchdogs of our republic-are often too timid or distracted to identify these deceptions.

unSpun is the secret decoder ring for the twenty-first-century world of disinformation. Written by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, the founders of the acclaimed website FactCheck.org, unSpun reveals the secrets of separating facts from disinformation, such as:

- the warning signs of spin, hype, and bogus news

- common tricks used to deceive us

- how to find trustworthy and objective sources of information

Telling fact from fiction shouldn't be a difficult task. With this book and a healthy dose of skepticism, anyone can cut through the haze of biased media reportage to be a savvier consumer and a better-informed citizen.

Read this book

Table of Contents

Introduction : A world of spin — From snake oil to emu oil — A bridesmaids bad breath : warning signs of trickery — "Tall" coffees and assault weapons : tricks of the deception trade — UFO cults and US : why we get spun — Facts can save your life — The great crow fallacy : finding the best evidence — Osama, Ollie, and Al : the Internet solution — Was Clarence Darrow a creationist? : How to be sure — Conclusion : Staying unSpun.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588365828
Subtitle:
Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation
Publisher:
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Author:
Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Author:
Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Author:
Jackson, Brooks
Author:
Jamieson, Kathleen Hall
Author:
Brooks, Jackson
Subject:
Social Science : Media Studies
Subject:
Truthfulness and falsehood
Subject:
Deception
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Deception -- United States.
Subject:
Deceptive advertising -- United States.
Subject:
Journalism - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Reference - General
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Self-Help/Relationships
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070424
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
195

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » Relationships
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » Sociology » Media

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"Synopsis" by , A practical guide to identifying bunk--from fact-twisting political ads and dubious infomercials to corporate PR and false e-mails--explains how and where to pick out the truth from the masses of false data, misleading messages, and fake resources. Original. 50,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Americans are bombarded daily with mixed messages, half-truths, misleading statements, and out-and-out fabrications masquerading as facts. The news media-once the vaunted watchdogs of our republic-are often too timid or distracted to identify these deceptions.

unSpun is the secret decoder ring for the twenty-first-century world of disinformation. Written by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, the founders of the acclaimed website FactCheck.org, unSpun reveals the secrets of separating facts from disinformation, such as:

- the warning signs of spin, hype, and bogus news

- common tricks used to deceive us

- how to find trustworthy and objective sources of information

Telling fact from fiction shouldn't be a difficult task. With this book and a healthy dose of skepticism, anyone can cut through the haze of biased media reportage to be a savvier consumer and a better-informed citizen.

Read this book

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