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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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Jacek Dabala (exactly in Polish: Dąbała) is a professor, novelist, screenwriter, and former TV and radio journalist. He deals with media quality audit, visualisation of the future and commenting on media and communication issues. His academic specialisms cover media, communication, literature and film. Recently, he has been examining the quality of thinking in the media in the context of the intellectual level of societies, and analysing examples and causes of stupidity in the media. He is also the creator of a new original method of interpreting semantic fields in communication and Dabalamedia.com. He has produced numerous articles and academic books, including in-depth studies on media dramaturgy for writers, journalists, and film makers: Mystery and Suspense in Creative Writing (Berlin, Zurich: Lit Verlag, 2011) and Creative Paths to Television Journalism (Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015). After graduating from the internationally known National Film School in Lodz, he wrote the screenplay for one of the best-known Polish films, Młode wilki (Young Wolves, 1995). He has published ten novels (mystery, suspense, thriller, fantasy, and humour) as well as one play. He is a member of the Polish Film Academy, the Association of Polish Writers, the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Polish Association of Medical Communications and the Polish Communication Association.

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