"The News, A User's Manual" - Alain de Botton


"It is worth noting how many of the Dictionary's clichés touch on sophisticated disciplines such as theology, science and politics, without going anywhere very clever with them...now the press had made it very possible for a person to be at once unimaginative, uncreative, mean-minded and extremely well informed...The news had, for Flaubert, armed stupidity and given authority to fools."