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By Tom Chatfield  

Reviews are starting to appear of Flat Earth News by Nick Davies—an exposé of the narrowness and insubstantiality of much modern “news” culture—but I would challenge you to find a better account of its significance than John Lanchester’s recent piece for the London Review of Books.

Lanchester, channelling Davies, gives a devastatingly precise account of the situation faced by anyone seriously interested in what’s going on in Britain today. Put simply, the print media are drawing ever-more trustingly on an ever-narrower and ever-less-verified spectrum of sources that, in many cases, amounts to little better than a glossy repackaging of Press…

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