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Jason

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Farhad Manjoo
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Why has punditry overtaken news, with so many media outlets pushing partisan agendas instead of information? Comedian Stephen Colbert's catchword "truthiness" has captured something essential about our age: that people are more comfortable with ideas that feel true, even if the evidence for those beliefs is thin.

    Gurmukh says: "Very interesting book, but a little lacking"
    "Interesting but as slanded as what it looks at"
    Overall

    This was an interesting read but the general thesis of people gravitating to the information that supports their POV regardless of how true it is, is a fairly obvious one. Trying to claim that the increase in access to information and commentary is the core fault for this is weak at best and a straw man at worst. People will gravitate one way or another regardless of what is available. Frankly, the internet is the great liberator of the crap that the main stream media has foisted on people for the last 100 years.

    The point at which the book goes slanted is when he attacks the right or basically anything that goes against the pursuits of the Democratic party/left wing. He maligns people like Steve Milloy and then touts the Global Warming claims of Al Gore as truth even though they have been soundly disproved. He also goes after the Iraq debacle in the face of it not being over and now that it is almost over, most of what he says is outdated or inaccurate.

    He also lashes out at the FACT that the only stem cell research that has ANY proven successes is that of Adult Stem Cell research by claiming that due to the resistance to Embryonic stem Cell research, those people are ignoring science.

    The sad reality is that the author, in the very book about it, is PERSONALLY content with things being "True Enough".

    Skip this book if you have another one in mind already...

    6 of 32 people found this review helpful

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