Author – Jodie Jackson.
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 well being, 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.
Social Media Links – @JacksonJodie21
Publisher – Unbound
Pages – 144
The Blurb –
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 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.
Today is my stop on the You Are What You Read blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – This book is so interesting and I hope everyone takes the chance to read it. It was fascinating to think of media, as you would food. What news you take aboard informs your outlook and view of the world.
The argument throughout the book is not that we should purely see/hear positive news but that there should be a more equal balance between the news we are fed now, brexit, brexit, wars, disasters and news that provides answers to problems. News that spreads hope and provides us with some notion that somebody, somewhere is working on making the world a better place. Just so that the news we consume whether it be on television or through the radio gives a more complete picture.
What I really liked how well researched the book was, I am guilty of thinking the world is getting worse. This belief is covered in the book and in reality, it isn’t. This is the point the author is trying to prove, I personally hear nothing but doom and gloom stories pretty much concentrating on what I said earlier.
An excellent book that everyone should read and schools should implement. Subjects like this should be raised in school so our children grow up learning about media bias, the inclusion of stories purely for revenue. So they can make more informed choices.
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