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The News: A User's Manual by Alain de Botton

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.

“#OnThisDay in 1897, The New York Times begins using slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print" Print".”

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.

The robot journalist: an apocalypse for the news industry? A set of algorithms which take data & turn it into words began as an experimental lab, but now appear on

What Everyone Is Missing About the Decline of Newspapers and the Rise of the Internet - This chart from Pew highlights the big conceptual error in most coverage I see of the decline of newspapers & the rise of the Internet: Television. Television, not newspapers or the Internet, is people's main source of news.

DOESN’T ANYONE READ THE NEWS? If analysts at Microsoft Research are correct, a startling number of American Web users are no longer paying attention to the news as it is traditionally defined.

Why the Effing Eff Do We Censor the News? Our society’s comfort level with offensive language & content has drastically shifted over the past few decades, but the stance of our news media has barely changed at all.

Breaking News Is Broken Don’t watch cable news. Shut off Twitter. You’d be better off cleaning your gutters. - It's true all you news junkies, myself included, "breaking news" is a marketing technique & is mostly a waste of time.

Paul Henry is appointed Herefordshire's first poet in residence

New Journalism, New Thinking - While print journalism will never entirely disappear, it’s clear beyond any doubt that how news is created, managed & delivered has been altered permanently by the dominant presence of the Internet in our lives. In keeping with the relentless electronic pulsing of data bits, news comes & goes faster, is briefer, & is often less considered before it gets published.

Americans’ Confidence in TV News at an All-Time Low - And Gallup took the poll before CNN and Fox botched the SCOTUS decision. By ELIANA DOCKTERMAN | July 11, 2012