- Eye Opening
While the rating tells you how good a book is according to our two core criteria, it says nothing about its particular defining features. Therefore, we use a set of 20 qualities to characterize each book by its strengths:
Applicable – You’ll get advice that can be directly applied in the workplace or in everyday situations.
Analytical – You’ll understand the inner workings of the subject matter.
Background – You’ll get contextual knowledge as a frame for informed action or analysis.
Bold – You’ll find arguments that may break with predominant views.
Comprehensive – You’ll find every aspect of the subject matter covered.
Concrete Examples – You’ll get practical advice illustrated with examples of real-world applications or anecdotes.
Controversial – You’ll be confronted with strongly debated opinions.
Eloquent – You’ll enjoy a masterfully written or presented text.
Engaging – You’ll read or watch this all the way through the end.
Eye opening – You’ll be offered highly surprising insights.
For beginners – You’ll find this to be a good primer if you’re a learner with little or no prior experience/knowledge.
For experts – You’ll get the higher-level knowledge/instructions you need as an expert.
Hot Topic – You’ll find yourself in the middle of a highly debated issue.
Innovative – You can expect some truly fresh ideas and insights on brand-new products or trends.
Insider’s take – You’ll have the privilege of learning from someone who knows her or his topic inside-out.
Inspiring – You’ll want to put into practice what you’ve read immediately.
Overview – You’ll get a broad treatment of the subject matter, mentioning all its major aspects.
Scientific – You’ll get facts and figures grounded in scientific research.
Visionary – You’ll get a glimpse of the future and what it might mean for you.
Well structured – You’ll find this to be particularly well organized to support its reception or application.
Columbia University media expert Anya Schiffrin identifies tax-based solutions and philanthropic donations as two ways to revive independent journalism, which has waned worldwide as widespread “media capture” – government and corporate influence over the media – skews the news. The new media’s vulnerability to capture-and-control ownership has increased because journalism’s commercial business model in many ways no longer functions. Financial support from Google, Facebook and other tech titans is an unlikely fix; these giants do not produce content, they capture companies that do.
About the Author
Anya Schiffrin, director of the technology, media and communications specialization in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, is the editor of African Muckraking: 75 Years of African Investigative Journalism and Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Reporting from Around the World.