It is a short book, 150 pages.
“It will take a short book to show all the ways that dailiness constitutes a bias all by itself. Of course dailiness is necessary if we are to have a news industry. And that is why the news can’t be fixed. Consuming this industry’s ‘news product’ actually makes us dumb.” Page 10
Sommerville's last chapter,Virtual Society or Real Community, makes it evident that he is a historian and a caring citizen of this day. He is an encourager and has real suggestions for how you can "personally learn to inhabit your world instead of just observing it... Let's not think what we must all do. That is the way of the news-addressing us in the anonymous voice of an imagined public..."
I'll be giving this book back to my friend this next week when I get a chance to see her again in person. Maybe she will read it now...maybe you might too? Or if you don't, maybe you will read a good biography or get into a subject in depth...plunge into your own life and interests in some way that your world and the world of those around you is richer. Tell a good story...we all need to hear one.