United States of Distraction

United States of Distraction
Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (And What We Can Do About It)
Foreword by Ralph Nader





"Petaluman a media literacy crusader"
Dec 5, 2019

Profile of Mickey Huff in the Argus-Courier, out of Petaluma.

- Matt Brown

"Dismantling the System That Created Trump"
Nov 27, 2019

Part 2 of Nolan Higdon's interview with Jaisal Noor of The Real News Network.


"How Corporate Media Fueled Trump's Rise"
Nov 25, 2019

Nolan Higdon is interviewed on the Real News Network by Jaisal Noor about the subject of United States of Distraction.

- Jaisal Noor

"Scandalgate: Weapon of Mass Distraction"
Nov 25, 2019

Op-ed by Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff published in Project Censored.

- Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff

"As 2020 Election Approaches, Media Literacy Is More Important Than Ever"
Nov 24, 2019

United States of Distraction authors Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff are interviewed for the Truthout Progressive Pick series.

- Samantha Borek

"Trump's Classic Corporate Media Misdirection Has Only Strengthened His Base"
Nov 14, 2019

An excerpt from United States of Distraction appears in Truthout for their Progressive Pick Series.

- Nolan Higdon & Mickey Huff

"In Praise of Whistleblowers"
Nov 9, 2019

An excerpt from United States of Distraction published in YES! Magazine.

- Nolan Higdon & Mickey Huff

"Authors discuss their book at Berkeley's Hillside Club"
Oct 23, 2019

Coverage of Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff's KPFA-sponsored event in Berkeley, discussing the subject of United States of Distraction.

- Leon Kunstenaar

The Progressive
Oct 1, 2019

"In [United States of Distraction], the authors give the reader a road map of ways to counteract the negative effects of today's media—including an extensive appendix of resources. . . . By following Higdon and Huff's prescription, it is possible that these bulwarks can be strengthened. They specifically recommend broader news framing, locally based investigative journalism, and educational news to 'arm the population with the necessary forms of civic agency and self-defense to continue to maintain public sovereignty.'"––Norman Stockwell


"Along the Line Episode 45: United States of Distraction: Book Talk with Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff"
Sep 13, 2019

On this episode of the Along the Line podcast, Nolan Higdon and the director of Project Censored Mickey Huff discuss their new book United States of Distraction on The Project Censored Show!

- Nolan Hidgon and Mickey Huff

"The Curse of Bigness"
Sep 7, 2019

Mickey Huff discusses United States of Distraction on Ralph Nader's radio program.

- Mickey Huff and Ralph Nader

Mickey Huff interviewed by J.G. Michael on Parallax Views
Aug 22, 2019

Indybay
Aug 17, 2019

"At a time when many Americans are suffering from the cognitive dissonance resulting from Trump's horror show, United States of Distraction, by professors Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff, is a welcome guide, not only to the what, the how, and––above all, to the why––of how it all happened, but also offers a road to recovery."––Leon Kunstenaar


Nolan Higdon interviewed on Christian Democrats of America
Aug 16, 2019

Nolan Higdon interviewed on Two Broads Talking Politics Podcast
Aug 9, 2019

Mickey Huff interviewed by Sonali Kolhatkar for Rising Up!
Aug 13, 2019

Literary Hub
Aug 1, 2019

"There are lots of wonderful books to read this month, but the one I will pick up because it may contain some glimmer of sanity in it is United States of Distraction, Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff's aptly titled analysis of why we have descended into information anarchy. How this state of crisis—about what is and isn’t true, and how that gets played—has perpetuated the very things worth fighting against. They promise ideas and solutions, God I hope they’re good."––John Freeman


Kirkus Reviews
May 27, 2019

"[Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff] paint a dismal picture of contemporary journalism, arguing persuasively that the media has been co-opted by commercial interests and no longer serve to inform the public about issues crucial to democracy. . . . the authors call for 'critical media literacy education' that emphasizes civics, critical thinking skills, critical awareness of media, community engagement, and cultural competency (including the cultivation of empathy) as well as a broadening and deepening of news reporting."