Want to Learn More About the Media?

In no particular order, here are some books to get you started. Some are pessimistic, some are optimistic. But all of them are interesting.

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter

Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte

Tap, Click, READ: Growing Readers in a World of Screens by Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine

Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism by Thomas E Patterson

True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News by Cindy Otis

The Power of One: How I Found the Strength to Tell the Truth and Why I Blew the Whistle on Facebook by Francen Haugen

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman

It’s Complicated: the social lives of networked teens by danah boyd

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

How Fantasy Becomes Reality: Seeing Through Media Influence by Karen Dill

Virtual Unreality by Charles Seife

I Live in the Future And Here’s How It Works by Nick Bilton

The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy and Imagination in a Digital World by Howard Gardner and Katie Davis

The News: A User’s Manual by Alain de Botton

Broken News by Chris Stirewalt

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media illustrated by Josh Neufield

Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload by Bill Kovach and Tom Ronsenstiel

Reality Bites Back: the Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV by Jennifer Pozner

UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succed in our All-About-Me World by Mchele Borba

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy by Martin Lindstrom

Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy by Jonathan Taplin

Everything Bad is Good for You by Steven Johnson

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