"Fake News", "Alternative Facts", and political "Spin", are not new concepts. Using examples from News-Media, Advertising, and Political Campaigns, and original cartoons by a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, UnSpun is a fast-paced guide to all of the ways disinformation is used to manipulate us. Not only that, it offers insight from psychology and sociology as to why we fall prey to disinformation, AND gives the reader tools to combat it.
What to Know About the Book Before You Read It.
The authors are the Founders of FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
Written in 2007, many of the political examples are from the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election, and the Iraq War.
Despite being published ten years ago, the lessons and methods are just as useful for combatting "Fake News" and understanding Media Bias today.
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The Election of 2004
Many examples in 'UnSpun' come from the 2004 presidential election where George W. Bush defeated John Kerry.
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