Messengers: Who We Listen To, Who We Don't, and Why

Messengers: Who We Listen To, Who We Don't, and Why

"In the age of fake news, understanding who we trust and why is essential in explaining everything from leadership to power to our daily relationships." -Sinan Aral

We live in a world where proven facts and verifiable data are freely and widely available. Why, then, are self-confident ignoramuses so often believed over thoughtful experts? And why do seemingly irrelevant details such as a person's appearance or financial status influence whether or not we trust what they are saying, regardless of their wisdom or foolishness?
Stephen Martin and Joseph Marks compellingly explain how in our uncertain and ambiguous world, the messenger is increasingly the message. We frequently fail, they argue, to separate the idea being communicated from the person conveying it, explaining why the status or connectedness of the messenger has become more important than the message itself.
Messengers influence business, politics, local communities, and our broader society. And Martin and Marks reveal the forces behind the most infuriating phenomena of our modern era, such as belief in fake news and how presidents can hawk misinformation and flagrant lies yet remain.

Title:Messengers: Who We Listen To, Who We Don't, and Why
ISBN:9781541724389
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  • Shelly

    Messengers: Who We Listen To, Who We Don't, and Why, is an insightful, engrossing and educative book. In the 21st century we find ourselves impacted more and more by influencers. We look to individual...

  • Lilisa

    Well organized and insightful, this book is deftly packaged focusing on who we listen to, who we don’t and why. In an ever-increasingly over-crowded shrill world where competing interests and their ...

  • Yzabel Ginsberg

    [I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]An interesting read altogether, although I sometimes found it too ‘light’ and superficial. Perhaps because of the many anecd...

  • Barred Owl Books

    "In the age of fake news, understanding who we trust and why is essential in explaining everything from leadership to power to our daily relationships." -Sinan AralWe live in a world where proven fact...

  • Daisy Dooley

    This was a fascinating book bringing together research about the people who influence our lives and who we choose to listen to, and why. In Part One, 'hard' messengers are discussed. These are people ...

  • Norman

    Messengers is a tour de force of information, illustrations and anecdotes about why we listen to some people but not others and the effect this can have regarding what we believe or don’t. There is ...

  • MISS K DENTON

    Fascinating and well researched book which explains why we listen to some people over others. We live in an era where our leaders constantly lie to us and feed us biased or untrue information. This bo...

  • Richard

    Disappointingly, nothing new here....

  • Val

    Essentially the book tells us this: In the west, especially the United States, people listen to whoever has money, regardless of their experience or qualifications to comment on a subject. In the rest...

  • Tom Williams

    The subtitle of Messengers is ‘Who We Listen To, Who We Don’t, And Why’. In a world that has given us Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, learning the answer to this question seems worth the effort ...