Fayke Newes
‘Fake news’. ‘Dishonest press’. ‘Racist’. ‘Mentally unstable’. The insults President Donald Trump and the American news media hurl at each other are nothing new. In Tudor England, printed papers branded the monarch a ‘horrible monster’, and were in turn accused of publishing ‘false fables’. Ever since the invention of the printing press, those in power have seen mass communication as a dangerous threat, usurping their ability to tell people what to think, and capable of stirring up discontent and even rebellion. In Fayke Newes, historian and international journalist Derek J. Taylor tracks this long and bloody fight between the press and those in power through the lives of the men and women who got caught up in the battle. On a journey through the centuries, we crisscross the Atlantic between Britain and America, during wars and in peacetime, and discover that neither governments nor journalists have always told the truth. And, in our own time, when social media has put mass communication in the hands of anyone with a smart-phone – from a certain US President, to any crook, liar or foreign enemy – Taylor asks: What hope for the rest of us who just want to know what’s really going on?

Fayke Newes Details

TitleFayke Newes
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 1st, 2018
PublisherThe History Press
ISBN-139780750987783
Rating
GenreNonfiction, History

Fayke Newes Review

  • Britta Böhler
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*
  • Charlotte Jones
    January 1, 1970
    *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Fayke Newes examines the role of the media throughout history, from the Tudors to today, and looks at how it has been, at times, controlled and influenced by those in power.Written in a conversational style, this book looks at issues such as censorship and propaganda, with a view to enlighten the reader about how little, or how much, has changed with regards to the press over the centuries. It discusse *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Fayke Newes examines the role of the media throughout history, from the Tudors to today, and looks at how it has been, at times, controlled and influenced by those in power.Written in a conversational style, this book looks at issues such as censorship and propaganda, with a view to enlighten the reader about how little, or how much, has changed with regards to the press over the centuries. It discusses the invention of the printing press, the advent of television and radio, and the introduction of social media. How does the public and the politicians view of the press change in war time?In this "post-truth" era of "fake news" and the "lying media", this book is an enlightening and valuable read that I would recommend everyone pick up. It is not often that a non-fiction book can hook you in so much that you don't want to put it down, but this was that book for me. It was jam-packed with interesting facts and images throughout supporting the author's argument. One of the most valuable things that I found whilst reading this was that Derek J. Taylor didn't overtly take a side in his arguments which left me feel, upon closing the book, that I truly had a full and clear picture of the issue at hand. 
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