The Trouble With Reality

The Trouble With Reality

A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time

Book - 2017
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"Reality. It used to seem so simple -- reality just was, like the weather. Why question it, let alone disagree about it? And then came the assault, and unending stream of 'fake news,' 'alternative facts,' and lies disguised as truths, all of it overwhelming our notions of reality. Now we can't even agree on what a fact is, let alone what is real. How on earth did we get here? Here's how." -- Back cover.
Publisher: New York : Workman Publishing, [2017]
ISBN: 9781523502387
152350238X
Branch Call Number: 306.20973 GLADSTONE
Characteristics: 92 pages ; 18 cm

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StarGladiator
Aug 28, 2017

I firmly believe that On the Media should more honestly be called, In The Gutter News!
Week in and week out I listen and cringe as Brooke or Bob relates contrived and revisionistic nonsense to us. And yet there are people who claim there is a difference between the Fake News of Fox and the Fake News of NPR. How utterly depressing!
Last night, they had on yet another of their endless hucksters [there was one exception several months back, who attacked and disagreed with Garfield on every issue he sallied forth on - - amazing!] who claimed that Americans // perceived \\ that Chinese scab railroad workers were cheaper laborers, the same Chinese workers who had been brought in by the boatloads by the Robber Barons and their Money Trusts, who owned the ships and the shipping lines involved, to replace those American workers [white, black, Eastern European and Japanese] who were beginning to organize and unionize, and thus had been laid off] who had been working the railroad. This wasn't in the name of // diversity \\ the railroad owners worked the Chinese to death just as they had worked the others to death, or murdered them when they went on strike, et cetera! [Not the narrative inference that they were simply immigrants who got the wrong end of the stick - - ALWAYS neglecting to mention that they were brought here as replacement workers, a ruse that has been used time and again by the super-rich.]
No, guest-huckster-On-The-Media, there was no // perceiving \\ regardless of how much you lie and attempt to revise US labor history out of existence!!!!

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solitarygoat
Aug 26, 2017

A fantastic, dissonance and blood-pressure reducing short read. Highly recommended!

Yikes, I have not read the book but look forward to it; but the comments above are a bit scary, why have we swept polite discussion into the gutter?

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dyoung3415
Jun 24, 2017

I have yet to read this narrative that objectifies reality. I believe that if we happen to be at the disposal of a co-ordinated reality, a reality that is orchestrated by people we elect into office manipulated by the upper-class, then we are, i hypothisize, that we're obligated to create a reality that closely resembles one of the highest societies in the history of humanity..

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