‘The News’ by Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton dissects how people get news.
Alain de Botton dissects how people get news.Credit: Vincent Starr

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Where do you get your news? In the Internet age, with our vast profusion of media options, you likely have a daily menu from which you sample à la carte. It’s an information buffet, and you’re free to choose when you’re ready for broccoli and when you’d rather have a cupcake. To pocket philosopher Alain de Botton, however, “The News” comes not in many shapes and sizes but in one single-minded, deeply flawed model. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have many real suggestions.

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