Media Mythmakers – How Journalists, Activists, and Advertisers Mislead Us
This hard-hitting critique of our media culture examines not only the ways in which the public is often deceived, but the media's role in propagating those deceptions. But Media Mythmakers goes beyond criticism to give concrete examples of the damage that manipulation of the news causes. From missing children to the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, from the efforts to end slavery to AIDS education, myths and deception in the media threaten us all. While the public is being misled, real problems go unaddressed and resources are wasted on misguided ideas.
In an increasingly complex world, where accurate and unbiased information is more important than ever, this book provides a timely and much-needed analysis.
About Benjamin Radford (Corrales, New Mexico Author)
Benjamin Radford is an award-winning investigator and deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine. He has written thousands of articles on a wide variety of topics, including urban legends, mysterious phenomena, critical thinking, and science literacy.
He is author, co-author, or contributor to more than twenty books, including Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries; Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore; Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment (winner of the Southwest Book Award); Bad Clowns (Independent Publisher Award bronze medalist); and most recently Investigating Ghosts: The Scientific Search for Spirits.
Radford is a regular columnist for several outlets including LiveScience.com and Discovery News. Radford co-founded two podcasts: Squaring the Strange (2016-present) and MonsterTalk (winner of the Parsec award). Radford has been quoted as an expert by hundreds of media outlets including CNN, ABC News, BBC, CBC, The New York Times, Gizmodo, Forbes, The New York Times Magazine, The (London) Times Literary Supplement, Fortean Times, the Huffington Post, Scientific American, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Vanity Fair. He has also appeared on dozens of television shows including Good Morning America and on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and the National Geographic Channel. Radford has a masters degree in education and a bachelors degree in psychology, and is a member of the American Folklore Society. More about Radford can be found at www.BenjaminRadford.com and on Wikipedia.