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Russell Brand Sits Down With a Philosopher to Find the 'Truth Behind the Headlines'

Natasha Hakimi Zapata
Assistant Editor and Poetry Editor
Natasha Hakimi Zapata is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American Literature at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. She also holds a Creative Writing M.F.A. from Boston University and both a…
Natasha Hakimi Zapata

Some newspapers would have you believe you’re in constant danger of being eaten by a giant South American bird around the corner from your home. As comedian and actor Russell Brand and “popular philosopher” Alain de Botton point out in their under-10-minute bit, the media benefit from keeping us scared and when true dangers aren’t as rampant as they’d have us believe, they sensationalize irrelevant stories to distract us from the truly terrible injustices occurring right around us. And although some days it’s a bird, other days it’s “immigrants, gays” or any other number of fabricated threats newspapers can sell you (while selling newspapers, of course).

The two search for “trews,” as Brand comically calls “truths,” in the U.K.’s embarrassingly popular Daily Mail and find nothing but fear-mongering and advertisements that prey on sincere human desires to sell products. Though seemingly U.K.-focused, this critique applies to mass media all over the world and is worth a watch and laugh along the way.

—Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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