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Thinking. The Heart of the Media

Jacek Dabala

In a unique, and at times highly polemical way, the author demonstrates how the media generally influences thinking and what kind of content they put into peoples’ heads. He aims to encourage a better understanding of oneself, one’s environment, and the world but above all, a better understanding of freedom, the condition of democracy - or dictatorship. This is probably the first book in the media and communication studies which, through scientific provocation, makes the readers delve deeply into their intelligence, teaches them how to use it, and allows them to decide whether they have a weak, average, or insightful mind. The book sets one of the most important trends: it tells how the media think and how they shape their audiences.

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In this original work, Jacek Dabala invites us to discover how media make us think – by thinking in terms of our media.

Mark Deuze, author of Media Life, University of Amsterdam, NL

Jacek Dabala’s book provokes deeper thought about an impressive range of topics that remind us of our shared humanity.

Tim Dwyer, author of Convergent Media and Privacy, University of Sydney, AU

Just about every public policy topic from all over the globe finds a spot in this compilation of essays. Jacek Dabala delves into history, contemporary public affairs, diplomacy, technology, law, the media and more. In taking on a topic as expansive, and even indefinable, as thinking and what goes into forming an opinion on substantive issues, these essays speak to freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and expression and speak truth to power. No topic is off limits and no powerful entity is given a free pass.

Roy S. Gutterman, director, the Tully Center for Free Speech, Syracuse University, USA

Jacek Dabala has produced a fascinating book that addresses an immense variety of issues. Any reader who dips into it will find distilled wisdom on every page.

Martin Rees, author of On the Future, University of Cambridge, UK

If you want to be challenged then this curious book will get you thinking. Each page sets up a new scene which is then opened up before your eyes. You can...

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