Heather Brooke

Stop the Press

The News: A User’s Manual


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Here is today’s top story from the Alain de Botton newsroom. In Bedford, youths have vandalised a bus shelter. In order to convey the full scale of human drama, de Botton suggests the headline: ‘The Difficulties Faced by Liberal Secular Societies Trying to Instil Moral Behaviour without the Help of Religion’. If that’s your idea of a must-read story then you’ll enjoy hearing more ways de Botton wants to change the news. Instead of lifestyle sections such as Dining, Travel, Technology and Fashion, he suggests Conviviality, Calm, Resilience and Rationality. This is to help the suffering souls who read consumer news find the object that will best make them happy. 

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