It's Not News, It's Fark

It's Not News, It's Fark

How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap as News

Book - 2008
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While comedy shows report funny fake news, Fark.com features funny real news. On slow news days, mainstream media still has to deliver. Fark founder Drew Curtis has noticed several distinct patterns used to turn non-news into the news you see each day. These include: fear-mongering in the absence of facts; the bogus press release, which states a new finding but fails to explain where the numbers came from; media fatigue, when the media exhaust every angle of an existing story rather than digging for something new; and the coverage given to such events as brides who don't want to get married, fake their own kidnapping, and escape cross-country. Such non-news should appear only once, if at all, in mainstream media. So why are we overexposed to such schlock from legitimate news outlets?--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, [2008]
ISBN: 9781592403660
1592403662
Branch Call Number: 302.23 CURTIS
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 21 cm

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Kuhflubbadubba
Jul 21, 2014

The insights in this book were great, and I am going to pay attention to filler news in the future.

Unfortunately, I found the author to be offensive and excessively raunchy.

Also, a lot of the book is filled with internet comments from the author's website, and repetitive commentary on specific news stories. I found myself skipping large sections of the content.

Overall, it is an okay book, but not great. Taking a day to skim through it would be worth it for the insight into the mass media's problems.

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