Monday, January 2, 2023

Unfit to Print: A Modern Media Satire. Coming in 2023.

From the Introduction:

In this era of so-called “fake news” and “alternative facts” and QAnon – when some media outlets, left- and right-leaning and in between, will do just about anything for clicks -- when Russia uses social media and other platforms to undermine our democracy with disinformation -- when extremists and politicians inspired by Donald Trump erode it further with lies and conspiracy theories – when social media platforms purport to be ethical but care mostly about profit -- truth still matters.

But why did I write a novel and not a memoir or exposé?

In part, because fiction allowed me to wring dark humor from a sickening reality. As the old saw has it: If you don’t laugh, you cry.

But mostly because as Ralph Waldo Emerson is purported to have said, “fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.”

So, yes, truth still matters – and so do morality, social justice, quality local journalism, and doing the right thing.

Those are among the lessons that Nick Nolan, the protagonist of “Unfit To Print,” embraces as he eventually rejects the click mentality and hollow sensationalism driving much of newspapering today.

Nolan comes to believe we are better than that.

I hope he is right.

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