In this sweeping global survey, one of Britain's most distinguished journalists and media commentators analyses for the first time the state of journalism worldwide as it enters the post-truth age.
From the decline of the newspaper in the West and the simultaneous threats posed by fake news and President Trump, to the part that Facebook and Twitter played in the Arab revolts and the radical openness stimulated by WikiLeaks, and from the vast political power of Rupert Murdoch's News International and the merger of television and politics in Italy, to the booming, raucous and sometimes corrupt Indian media and the growing self-confidence of African journalism, John Lloyd examines the technological shifts, the political changes and the market transformations through which journalism is currently passing.
It takes a lot to surprise me when it comes to books - given my line of work I've read a lot, and consider myself fairly up to date when it comes to politics and culture in general.
However - Journalist and Author John Lloyd has compiled a fascinating and shocking book that explores journalism on a global scale. Far reaching and broad in scope overall, the chapters hone in on individual countries and explore the past and present of journalism in each one. Lloyd supplies the reader with a huge amount of information, but his skill is such that it never becomes overwhelming - he writes with a style that urges the reader to keep turning the pages, no matter how depressing the facts conveyed may be to some. What's rather remarkable is that this book about the dark state of journalism in many places, manages to be a shining beacon of quality journalism. Illuminating and immensely readable, Lloyd conveys his words with skill and urgency in this book that serves as both a source of fact and an alarming alert to the need for quality journalism in the modern day world. Many thanks to the publishers for the copy.