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No Time to Think: The Menace of Media Speed and the 24-hour News Cycle (Hardback)
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No Time to Think: The Menace of Media Speed and the 24-hour News Cycle (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 01/12/2008
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This book offers an eviscerating look at the state of journalism in the age of the 24-hour news cycle by a Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic and a veteran news correspondent."No Time To Think" focuses on the insidious and increasing portion of the news media that, due to the dangerously extreme speed at which it is produced, is only half thought out, half true and lazily repeated from anonymous sources interested in selling opinion and wild speculation as news. These news items can easily gain exposure today, assuming a life of their own while making a mockery of journalism and creating casualties of cool deliberation and thoughtful discourse. Much of it is picked up gratuitously and given resonance online or through CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other networks, which must, in this age of the 24-hour news cycle, 'feed the beast.' In dissecting this frantic news blur, "No Time to Think" breaks down a number of speed-driven blunders from the insider perspective of Charles Feldman, who spent 20 years as a CNN correspondent, as well as the outsider perspective of Howard Rosenberg, who covered the coverage for 25 years as TV critic for "The Los Angeles Times".This book demonstrates how today's media blitz scrambles the public's perspective in ways that potentially shape how we think, act and react as a global society. The end result affects not only the media and the public, but also the government leaders we trust to make carefully considered decisions on our behalf.The book features interviews ranging from former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw to internet doyenne Arianna Huffington, PBS stalwart Jim Lehrer, CNN chief Jonathan Klein and a host of former presidential press secretaries and other keen-eyed media watchers.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826429315
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 228 x 153 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Left, right?Crushed between? You need this book. Read it."--Ray Bradbury
"This books is mainly about American news reporting, but enough of it is recognisable to Britain and all of it is an awful warning, delivered with anecdotal richenss and real passion." - The Times. 3 January 2009.
"In this, the authors really do have a point ... In short, Rosenberg and Feldman are right to say that there's a lot wrong with rolling news." - Independent on Sunday. 4 January 2009.
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Mention --Book News, February 2009
Review, The Australian. 4 February 2009.
Discussion of topic, mention of book at the end, Camden New Journal. 5 February 2009.
"Perhaps the pithiest and simplest point of the book is this one by Keithe McAllister, former head of national news gathering at CNN: ' It's absulutely true, and anybody who says otherise is talking nonsesne, that every mistake that's made in the news business is made because of speed.'" - City A.M. 8 January 2009.
Discussion of book and topic, no review. Ian Sinclair, Morning Star. 17 February 2009.
"this book is a useful contribution to the debate on the media." Morning Star. 26 January 2009.
Mention -Book News, February 2009
"The authors' premise, that a demand for a constant flow of information via the Internet and cable news networks has led to inaccuracies in reporting, is a popular refrain and one with merit. The many quotes the authors have collected from media giants such as Jim Lehrer and Arianna Huffington present the challenges facing news outlets as changing technologies, most notably the Internet, interact with traditional media." -Publishers Weekly
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Mention Book News, February 2009
"Left, right? Crushed between? You need this book. Read it."--Sanford Lakoff
"Rosenberg and Feldman deliver a caustic take on today's speed-driven news media, along with a warning to news consumers: Get smarter about the information you rely on, since there's no hope of slowing it down."--Sanford Lakoff
Howard Rosenberg and Charles Feldman capture both the serious dangers and the intense competitive pressures of today's 24 hour news cycle. The traditional policy of "getting it right" often has been replaced by the urgency of "getting it first." Today's news culture rewards those who achieve both speed and accuracy. It awards no praise for second place or reporting inaccurately. Howard and Charles witnessed firsthand the accelerating speed and the decelerating standards in two of the finest news organizations in the nation, "Los Angeles Times" and CNN. Their book is a very provocative read." --Sanford Lakoff
"This book deals with one of the most critical issues of our time: the ability of the news media to provide understanding and perspective of the world around us. Journalism has been defined as the "search for reportable truth." "No Time to Think" shines light on key reasons for abuse of analytical reporting. Speed and greed combined with the explosion of technology is exposed in this timely book by these expert, experienced, authors. They point out the half-truths, the misconstrued truths and outright lies that permeate the 24-hour news cycle. I recommend that everyone who cares about our democracy read "No Time to Think", then think it over carefully." --Sanford Lakoff
"In No Time to Think, Howard Rosenberg and Charles Feldman take a refreshing pause to contemplate today's superheated media environment and the implications of 'Shoot first, think later' news. The book deftly captures this relatively new dynamic and its depressing implications for journalism and democracy and should be required reading for anyone who cares about either. Breezily written, it's a sobering reminder of the often-overlooked price tag associated with headlong technological advancement."" " --Sanford Lakoff
"This is a dangerous book because it's all true. Every one of us inside the media (and outside it, if there are any left) ought to read every word, and then question all we see, hear and say. And think. Every day, twenty-four hours a day. The book will explain why. Beautifully."--Sanford Lakoff
"The faster we feed the mass media beast, the faster it devours us. Step back, read Rosenberg and Feldman, then step even further back and start thinking how to save yourselves and democracy from the tsunami of blarney, blather, and bathos that passes as news today." --Sanford Lakoff
"Veteran journalists Rosenberg and Feldman examine the shrinking news cycle - the period of time between when a news event occurs and its reportage - through a series of incisive essays. They decry the reckless speed at which stories appear in print, electronic, and broadcast media, which sacrifices journalistic integrity and fact-checking processes...Similar in tone to Rosenberg's Not So Prime Time: Chasing the Trivial on American Television, this book pulls no punches in its assessment of the profession. Recommended for academic and public libraries."--Sanford Lakoff
"Compelling and insightful...any reader who wants to understand how news outlets such as CNN are run might appreciate a behind-the-scenes glimpse from a longtime insider." -Dinesh Ramdem, Carroll County Times--Sanford Lakoff

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