Just launched and published in hardcover a week ago, the major book It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear. The Carnegie Council has a launch event transcript, in which the author introduces and outlines the book, followed by a Q&A.
A search of Google News for the title suggests a near-total media blackout among the establishment media. A week after launch and release, one passing mention in the Boston Globe — in order to score a silly anti-Trump point. One bit of coverage on an obscure local radio station. The author did a pre-launch podcast interview at the leftist Slate, but the podcast’s text blurb highlighted the point that “gun control advocates shouldn’t compromise.” Kirkus manages one of its typically tiny and snide reviews, but the reviewer grudgingly calls it a “contrarian pep talk” that “will ring hollow for many, but it’s an argument worth considering.”
Some recent optimism in the press:
Eco-recovery: NASA finds the first direct proof of ozone hole recovery.
Practical engineering: Church steeples all over the UK are becoming Wi-Fi hotspots, connecting remote rural villages.
Alt media: How Generation Z Gets their News…
“the newest generation of teens graduating into adulthood [18-32 year olds], isn’t just snubbing print, but have abandoned old media altogether [and this is] driven … by a nearly universal distrust of the media.”
A note of caution: while the abandonment of the mainstream media and gatekeepers is being confirmed all around us, the report is based on a traditional cheapo ‘1,000 sample’ fly-by survey/poll of the sort that have become so discredited in recent years. It also lacks any breakdown by demographic groupings other than age, and lumps Gen Z in with younger Millennials.
Voices from Africa: Africa’s Generational War…
A key “trend is the continuing resilience of political optimism among African voters, especially the youth, who overwhelmingly support democracy. […] Their optimism has been buoyed in part by the rise of an aggressively independent media … In the long term, demographic shifts make democratic change seem inevitable.”
Good to know: A massive new Review of Meta-analyses on Coffee Consumption gives coffee a clean bill of health…
“Given the spectrum of conditions studied and the robustness of many of the results, these findings indicate that coffee can be part of a healthful diet.”
Wired magazine, such a pity… Every day brings new evidence that the once great magazine of future-optimism is now being heavily glommed onto by the loony left…
Headline 1: Despite all the excellent news on the UK economy and in the creative industries… Wired‘s headline suggest that fearful techies emigrate to Ireland to escape the horrid Brexit.
Headline 2: Instead of looking at the hard science on the unfounded claim that African drought = greenhouse warming, and the abundant evidence of the internal incompetence and corruption in South Africa… Wired‘s headline claims the problems there are down to “climate change”.