I am on a blog tour with a difference today! I am reviewing Jodie Jackson’s non-fiction text, 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 in our news narrative as an antidote to the negativity bias.
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.
Official blurb for You Are What You Read.
I was really taken in by this book and was a sterling refreshing read. The book is a comprehensive and persuasive study about how the media presents information to us, carefully selecting what to reveal and how to reveal it.
This book is not intended to be in denial of how horrific the world is. Reports are in everyday for how terrifying and miserable the world can be, yet this book acts as a way for us to challenge these reports in a clever and opportunistic way. Exploring the generation divide, technology, the new cohort or journalists and the latest political agenda, Jackson explores motives, justification, and justice through the eyes of our media.
Taking on prime issues and significant points, Jackson creates an inclusive overview of how we think about the media and how far we should trust it. The truth may settle between the lines but Jackson has gone through them with a fine-tooth comb, straightening out the facts and eliminating the news rumours.
This book is not your average political non-fiction information text. You don’t need a political interest or background to enjoy this book. Jackson talks to you in layman’s terns and any terminology/justification is footnoted for our convenience. I felt like I was hearing a debate from my friend.
This convincing and stunning read really cheered up my day and made me consider how much faith we put in our media outlets. What we see on TV, read in the papers, and listen to on our way to work not only affects us individually, but also our social environment. Jackson’s explorations present a critical and informative study of something that we rely on every day.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a light yet informative read. I got through this book in a day and was seriously a gripping read! By the end, I felt more justified in the plight to open up people’s eyes to the media, but also aware of the good it also does for us. I would say this is an essential text to anyone who has ever see, read, or watched the news!!! (which I sure is most people!)
How to get your hands on a copy
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jodie Jackson is an author, researcher and campaigner.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of East London (UK) where she investigated the psychological impact of the news.
As she discovered evidence of the beneficial effects of solutions focused news on our wellbeing, she grew convinced of the need to spread consumer awareness. She is a regular speaker at media conferences and universities.
Jodie is also a qualified yoga teacher and life coach.
(information courtesy of Anne Carter)
Thank you to Anne Carter of Random Things Blog Tours and Unbound Pubishing for my wonderful copy and place on the blog tour! Thank you also to the author! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour below!
Author Twitter: @JackonJodie21
Images: Courtesy of Anne Carter