The news is everywhere. We can’t stop constantly checking it on our computer screens, but what is this doing to our minds?
We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness), but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. In his new book, de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal news stories—including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal—and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age.
Today's panelists are: Alan Chartock, George Hearst - Vice President, Associate Publisher, and General Manager of the Times Union, Rex Smith is Editor of the Times Union, and Mike Spain - TU’s Associate Editor.
They join us to discuss the TU's new press and the state of print journalism. Joe Donahue moderates.