Keith Staskiewicz
February 07, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

The News

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Alain de Botton
publisher
Pantheon
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B

”The media” are always a reliable punching bag, but pop philosopher de Botton isn’t just interested in getting in his own jabs. In this slim guide to the news — what it is and how we consume it — he raises myriad points about the failures of the press, but his overall tone is more prescriptive than scolding. At times he treats all of journalism as a monolith. Still, de Botton’s thesis that the news should strive to disseminate knowledge, not just data, is certainly fit to print. B

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