Saturday, November 20, 2021

Matt Taibbi's "Hate, Inc.", paperback update, preview


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Back in early August, I purchased a paperback copy of Matt Taibbi’s “Hate, Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another” from OR Books / Counterpoint Press, originally 2019, paperback in 2021.  There is a roman-paged Preface “A Utopia of Division” for the 2021 reprint.

He has two appendices:  a piece about why MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow belongs on the cover, and a deadpan interview with Noam Chomsky (“Manufacturing Consent”).  There is no index or endnotes, which would be helpful.

And on a Saturday when I tried to visit the exterior of the Afghanistan embassy before Biden’s evacuation , I got caught in a pop-up thunderstorm and the book (taken to read on the Metro) got drenched.

The overall point is that the mainstream media feeds on tribalism, which in pure numbers is stronger on the identarian Left right now.  So it is easy and tempting to drive people toward false analogies and conclusions, as is happening now after the Rittenhouse acquittal.

According to Variety (Brent Lang, May 2021) the book has been “optioned” by media company Vespucci and is likely to become a documentary film.

  Matt talks about the Rittenhouse verdict today on his Substack. 

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