The Study of Our Most Ubiquitous Habit

The News

Excerpt from THE NEWS

We spend so much time checking the news, but we rarely talk or think about why and how we do it. What, asks philosopher Alain de Botton, would happen if we made this ubiquitous habit feel “weirder and more hazardous”? De Botton visits Zócalo to discuss what the news is doing to our brains, souls, and views of one another. Below is an excerpt from his book The News: A User’s Manual.

The news is committed to laying before us whatever is supposed to be most unusual and important in the …

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