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Beyond Fake News: Finding the Truth in a World of Misinformation by Justin P. McBrayer addresses a topic that’s as current as tomorrow’s news broadcasts. The book starts with the basics: what fake news is, why it exists, its pervasiveness in our society, and the impact it has on our culture. The book also points out how easy it is to fall victim to fake news, because even when we sincerely want to consume only the truth, we all have our biases, blind spots, and inability—at some level—to understand facts. But McBrayer also notes that both we as individuals and our society can improve and provides some possible solutions for the problem. McBrayer gives plenty of examples of fake news and includes a wide-ranging annotated bibliography, extensive list of works cited, and a comprehensive index.
This book is excellent! Justin P. McBrayer has done extensive research into his topic. He presents his ideas in an orderly, persuasive manner. He also does what any writer who wants to persuade others should do: he anticipates what those who hold opposing views might say and responds to their arguments. I’m an adjunct professor who teaches mass media, and I see the value of this book for my students. But readers don’t have to be in a scholastic setting to benefit from McBrayer’s book. Anyone who’s interested in the topic of fake news will learn much. Although McBrayer is a professor, he writes in an easily understood style rather than a formal manner that would only be suitable for grad school students. I highly recommend Beyond Fake News to anyone.