UnSpun Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation

ISBN-10: 1400065666

ISBN-13: 9781400065660

Edition: 2007

Authors: Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Brooks Jackson

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Americans are bombarded daily with mixed messages, half-truths, misleading statements, and out-and-out fabrications masquerading as facts. The news media-once the vaunted watchdogs of our republic-are often too timid or distracted to identify these deceptions. "unSpun" is the secret decoder ring for the twenty-first-century world of disinformation. Written by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, the founders of the acclaimed website FactCheck.org, unSpun reveals the secrets of separating facts from disinformation, such as: - the warning signs of spin, hype, and bogus news - common tricks used to deceive us - how to find trustworthy and objective sources of information Telling fact from fiction shouldn't be a difficult task. With this book and a healthy dose of skepticism, anyone can cut through the haze of biased media reportage to be a savvier consumer and a better-informed citizen. "Read this book and you will not go unarmed into the political wars ahead of us. Jackson and Jamieson equip us to be our own truth squad, and that just might be the salvation of democracy." -Bill Moyers "THE DEFINITIVE B.S. DETECTOR-AN ABSOLUTELY INVALUABLE GUIDEBOOK." -Mark Shields, syndicated columnist and political analyst, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer ""unSpun" is an essential guide to cutting through the political fog. Just in time for the 2008 campaign, Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson have written a citizen's guide to avoiding the malarkey of partisan politics." -Mara Liasson, NPR national political correspondent "The Internet may be a wildly effective means of communication and an invaluable source of knowledge, but it has also become a newvirtual haven for scammers-financial, political, even personal. Better than anything written before, unSpun shows us how to recognize these scams and protect ourselves from them." -Craig Newmark, founder and customer service representative, Craigslist.org
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/24/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

ABOUT THE AUTHOR LINDA STYLE is the bestselling, award-winning author of fifteen novels, and the co-author of The Bootcamp for Novelists Basic Training Manual: What you need to know before you write your novel. In addition to her writing, Linda co-founded Bootcamp for Novelists Online, a full-featured writing program, where she taught the advanced techniques module. Her new book, BEYOND THE FIRST DRAFT: Writing Techniques of the Pros, is a compilation of her online courses. With degrees in behavioral science and in journalism, Linda has worked in a number of jobs from director of a state mental health program to magazine editor. She's worked as a copy editor at Entangled Publishing and is the president of Editing with Style, an editing service for writers. Linda's novel awards include the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, and the Orange Rose Award for Best Book of the Year. Most recently, she was featured in a USA Today interview to talk about her book, A SOLDIER'S SECRET, which was also picked as one of USA Today's best 2012 romance novels. Linda is a member of Romance Writers of America, The International Thriller Writer's Association, Novelists, Inc., and Sister's In Crime. One of her favorite things to do is talking with writers when she lectures and conducts workshops at writers' groups and conferences across the country. You can read more about Linda, her books, and her workshops on her website at LindaStyle.com. Linda's books are available on Amazon and other book outlets in both digital and print.

Introduction: A World of Spin
From Snake Oil to Emu Oil
A Bridesmaid's Bad Breath: Warning Signs of Trickery
"Tall" Coffees and Assault Weapons: Tricks of the Deception Trade
UFO Cults and Us: Why We Get Spun
Facts Can Save Your Life
The Great Crow Fallacy: Finding the Best Evidence
Osama, Ollie, and Al: The Internet Solution
Was Clarence Darrow a Creationist?: How to Be Sure
Conclusion: Staying unSpun
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