Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate John Humphrys
  • Title: Devil's Advocate
  • Author: John Humphrys
  • ISBN: 9780099279655
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Paperback
  • Devil's Advocate John Humphrys Devil s Advocate In Devil s Advocate John Humphrys uses his experience to set in context the changes that have overtaken Britain during those forty years He debates the issues that he believes should concern us all H
    In Devil s Advocate, John Humphrys uses his experience to set in context the changes that have overtaken Britain during those forty years He debates the issues that he believes should concern us all He challenges our changing social and moral values and questions the direction society is taking We are much better off than we have ever been, but Humphrys senses a deep unIn Devil s Advocate, John Humphrys uses his experience to set in context the changes that have overtaken Britain during those forty years He debates the issues that he believes should concern us all He challenges our changing social and moral values and questions the direction society is taking We are much better off than we have ever been, but Humphrys senses a deep unease Instead of a world in which there were many different influences telling us what life was all about, and what living a good life might involve, we now have a single voice that threatens to drown out all the others That voice is consumer populism Its strength derives from the increasing commercialisation of our lives and a media, which is itself under greater and greater commercial pressures Some of the effects include a coarsening of the fabric of daily life and a growing thoughtlessness and even hysteria in public debate Our children are losing their innocence at an ever earlier age and, though we worry about it, we seem impotent in the face of it Humphrys asks whether, if we had been able to choose our destinat
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    About John Humphrys


    1. Desmond John Humphrys is a Welsh author, journalist and presenter of radio and television, who has won many national broadcasting awards From 1981 to 1987 he was the main presenter for the Nine O Clock News, the flagship BBC news television programme, and since 1987 he has been a presenter on the award winning BBC Radio 4 programme, Today He is also currently the host of the popular BBC Two television quiz show Mastermind.John Humphrys has written several books, including Lost for Words, in which he criticizes what he sees as the widespread misuse of the English language, plus Devil s Advocate , Beyond Words , The Great Food Gamble and In God We Doubt Confessions Of A Failed Atheist Humphrys is an agnostic, but has a curiosity to test his agnosticism and challenge established religions to see if they can restore his childhood belief in God In 2006, he presented a BBC Radio 4 programme, titled Humphrys in Search of God where he spoke to leading British authorities on Christianity, Judaism and Islam to try and restore his faith.Humphrys is a columnist for the Daily Mail.


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    1. I picked this up from a charity shop and did not realise the age of it Written and published in 1999 it is a searing indictment of then that still resonates today A classic example of plus a change as it could just of easily have been written last week Effectively it is a diatribe against style over substance in the modern world of politics and media a UK reflection of the theories put forward in Neil Postman s brilliant Amusing Ourselves to Death that far from Orwellian Tyranny we now live in t [...]

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    2. In this book, John Humprys steps down from his usual role as devil s advocate in the interviewer s chair to take a look at the course of society over the last forty or so years and look at how it has changed, often, in Humpreys view for the worse The two major trends that he discusses in his book are consumerism and populism, both of which, he argues, have infantilized us and changed us from being active citizens to being passive consumers, avoiding any sense of responsibility, offering examples [...]

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    3. This is an enjoyable book which is written with a deft but light touch In it Mr Humphries looks sadly at the changes in British culture and society which he feels has become brash, sentimental and commercialized He blames comsumer populism and materialism for the change and implicates the media as a major driving force in this It is similar to the writings of Theodore Dalrymple but without the venom and without some of the wit.

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