You Are What You Read: Why changing your media diet can change the world

You Are What You Read: Why changing your media diet can change the world

by Jodie Jackson


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Do you ever feel overwhelmed and

powerless after watching the news?
Does it make you feel sad about the world, without much

hope for its future? Take a breath – the world is not as bad as the

headlines would have you believe.
In You Are What You Read, campaigner and

researcher Jodie Jackson helps us understand how our current twenty-four-hour news cycle

is produced, who decides what stories are selected, why the news is mostly

negative and what effect this has on us as individuals and as a society. Combining

the latest research from psychology, sociology and the media, she builds a powerful

case for including solutions into our news narrative as an antidote to the negativity


You Are What You Read is not just a book, it is a manifesto for a

movement: it is not a call for us to ignore the

negative but rather a call to not ignore

the positive. It asks us to change the way we consume the news and shows us how,

through our choices, we have the power to improve our media diet, our mental

health and just possibly the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783527229
Publisher: Unbound
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 648,215
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.81(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jodie Jackson is an author, researcher and campaigner, and a partner at The Constructive Journalism Project. She holds a master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of East London where she investigated the psychological impact of the news, and she is a regular speaker at media conferences and universities. She lives in London.


Table of Contents

Foreword Michelle Gielan xiii

Letter from the Author xvii

Introduction 1

Perception Is Everything 9

Misread or Misled 25

Bad News Sells 41

Too Much of a Good Thing 57

The News Solution 75

Helpless vs. Hopeful 93

The Good, the Bad and the Balance 109

Business as Usual 123

The Power to Change 133

Resources 155

Notes 157

Acknowledgements 171

Supporters 173

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