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The News: A User's Manual by Alain de Botton.... the ultimate guide for our frenzied era, certain to bring calm, understanding and a measure of sanity to our daily (perhaps even hourly) interactions with the news machine.

"The State of Assange" - He’s a cartoon. A megalomaniac. An irresistible Hollywood subject. And a crucial historical figure.

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John Lennon's drawings, poems and prose

John Lennon's drawings, poems and prose | Books | theguardian.com

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32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly | 32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life....winter break reading list here i come

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How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its Users Consume Journalism

How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its Users Consume Journalism - Facebook uses mathematical formulas to predict what its users might want to read on the site, from which, a study says, about 30% of adults in America get their news.

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The Mutual Dependence of Donald Trump and the News Media

The Mutual Dependence of Donald Trump and the News Media - While Mr. Trump’s presidential bid benefits from constant coverage, that coverage is also a lifeline to news outlets as they jockey for survival. There is always a mutually beneficial relationship between candidates & news organizations during presidential years. But in my lifetime it’s never seemed so focused on a single candidacy. And the financial stakes have never been so intertwined with the journalistic & political stakes...

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26 Contemporary Books That Should Be Taught In High School

Good book list for adults & older teens - 26 Contemporary Books That Should Be Taught In High School

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Jon Stewart, the Fake Newsman Who Made a Real Difference

Jon Stewart, the Fake Newsman Who Made a Real Difference. A sad day for anyone who cares about news — fake or otherwise.

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“Perilously close to propaganda”: How Fox News shilled for Iraq War, and Jon Stewart returned sanity

“Perilously close to propaganda”: How Fox News shilled for Iraq War, & Jon Stewart returned sanity - "Fox Effect" pushed American media to get in line & back the Iraq War. Only 2 comedy shows had guts to resist. The Bush administration settled on a more open & seemingly transparent approach, turning “Operation Iraqi Freedom” into an extravagant & compelling reality TV show. Instead of the usual bare & colorless room where military officials issued briefings to reporters & TV cameras, they…

“This guy’s clearly a complete idiot”: How Fox News became a laughingstock in Paris - Fox News’ journalistic sins may be serious – but here in Paris, the network has become the butt of a huge joke