On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century - Chapter 9-Chapter 11 Summary & Analysis

Timothy Snyder
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Chapter Nine advises against the risks of relying heavily on televised news. Televised political coverage, Snyder states, relies on clichés created by politicians and repeated frequently, even by their opponents. He argues that these clichés shape and ultimately limit debate by confining our ideas within a certain framework. This framework is far too narrow to effectively consider all possible ideas and outcomes. The author acknowledges that screens will inevitably play a role in our news consumption, but advocates drastically reducing our television consumption and reading books instead. Beyond their inherent benefit, books also provide additional concepts that allow us to better consume and analyze television news. He closes the chapter by suggesting several books related to his arguments.

Chapter Ten emphasizes the importance of truth and verifiable reality and strongly cautions against believing only what one wants to believe. The author...

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