Think Before You Like

Think Before You Like Book Cover Think Before You Like
Guy P. Harrison
Media
Prometheus Books
2017
384

Not trusting everything you see online with social media and the media-at-large should be obvious tafter all the talk about fake news in recent years, but so many still don’t get it. This book provides an interesting look at how one may acquire the necessary critical thinking to separate the wheat from the chaff, aiding both the generalist as well as the professional (journalist, commentator, etc.) who should know better. It provides a lot more than this too!
The author has done a good job in this engaging, informative yet easy-going book that can service several audiences, explaining how critical thinking can be a bonus to social media integration rather than a curse. It can also save your sanity, reputation and more. It is easy just liking something you see, passing it on or commenting on it – guilty as charged. Some stuff you want to be true, some stuff you believe to be true, and some stuff you can’t believe it to be true but it is irresistible not to share for whatever reason. Maybe you forget to caveat something. Maybe you fell for it hook, line and sinker or maybe – even worse – you just let it sink in without comment and let it bind to your memory.
The author mixes real-world practice and research to show how we all can be seduced by social media, whether the content we consume is false or not. We get sucked into a bubble in any case, in a form that can be more pervasive than our real-life bubbles. The speed that information is passed virtually works both for us, and against us too. This is a lot more than a self-help book. It is a great look into the world of digital communities, media, social activities, online behaviour and more – all in a relatively slim volume at a good price.
A great book for study. A great book for travel. A great book for just reading about something. A book to enjoy and it is very hard to put down, even for someone who is hardly needing yet another book about online media, communities and behaviour. Nothing else needs to be said – the book needs to be seen to be believed (and read)!