The Death of Truth by Steven Brill

Staff Pick

There’s long been a tendency, among some, to deny reality and not face the facts. But as media entrepreneur Steven Brill notes in his book, what’s especially alarming and damaging now to our democracy is how widespread distortions, falsehoods, and conspiracy theories have become. Amping up the spread of all this misinformation and disinformation are social media platforms, often exploited by powerful business, political, and foreign government interests. With the development of generative AI, Brill says, the problem is only going to get worse. Brill’s book is based on lots of data and reporting, much of it derived from the work of one of the organizations he created, NewsGuard. But lest we all despair, Brill, after thoroughly diagnosing the problem, includes at the end of his book a discussion of what can be done to, as he puts it, “reverse engineer” the forces that have combined to undermine truth and trust.

Ways of Hearing -- Damon Krukowski

Staff Pick

Turn off what you're listening to (whether it's an audiobook, the author's music with Galaxie 500 or Damon and Naomi, or even the podcast this book began as), take out your headphones, look around you for a second to really see wherever you are, and read this now. It's a beautifully designed reproduction on the page of what feels like the best conversation you've ever had about sound, mostly musical and environmental, in the age of the smart phone. Krukowski's voice on the page is, dare I say, a very centering voice to read: he understands why we shut out the noise of the world around us, why we like having seemingly all music at our fingertips, and also why we need a second just to breathe and reflect on what we really find valuable.

 

 

 

 

The Space Barons - Christian Davenport

Staff Pick

Years ago, talk of a space race referred to competition between the United States and Soviet Union to put men in orbit and then send them to the moon. Nowadays, it applies to a few billionaires vying to go where only the most powerful nations went before—that is, beyond planet Earth. Christian Davenport, a journalist on the Washington Post’s financial staff who covers the space and defense industries, was able to talk to these billionaire entrepreneurs and chronicles their rivalries and ambitious, out-of-this-world projects in The Space Barons. These private, commercial space efforts are only about a decade-and-a-half old or less, yet they’ve made tremendous strides in a relatively short time, marking the end of the government’s monopoly on exploring the cosmos and holding considerable promise for the future.

The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos By Christian Davenport Cover Image
$38.00
ISBN: 9781610398299
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 20th, 2018

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