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You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this? The idea of Sweden as a nation in crisis is spreading. With influential news outlets reporting stories of no-go zones, lawlessness and the banning of Christmas lights, Bad Sweden has become a compelling story told by populist leaders across the world. In a world where truth and You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this? The idea of Sweden as a nation in crisis is spreading. With influential news outlets reporting stories of no-go zones, lawlessness and the banning of Christmas lights, Bad Sweden has become a compelling story told by populist leaders across the world. In a world where truth and falsehood are merging, Bad Sweden is now challenging the Good Sweden story of exceptional social, business and creative success. But why? And for whose benefit?This book explores the mechanisms of twisted facts, viral content and the immense power of bad news. It shows how Sweden’s image is being distorted and used as a weapon in a global clash of values – and how Swedes can reclaim the narrative.Author Paul Rapacioli is the founder of Swedish news company The Local, providing Europe’s news in English to five million readers each month. Drawing on more than a decade of news coverage, Good Sweden, Bad Sweden is his inside account of how the country’s story is being told in a post-truth world.


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You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this? The idea of Sweden as a nation in crisis is spreading. With influential news outlets reporting stories of no-go zones, lawlessness and the banning of Christmas lights, Bad Sweden has become a compelling story told by populist leaders across the world. In a world where truth and You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this? The idea of Sweden as a nation in crisis is spreading. With influential news outlets reporting stories of no-go zones, lawlessness and the banning of Christmas lights, Bad Sweden has become a compelling story told by populist leaders across the world. In a world where truth and falsehood are merging, Bad Sweden is now challenging the Good Sweden story of exceptional social, business and creative success. But why? And for whose benefit?This book explores the mechanisms of twisted facts, viral content and the immense power of bad news. It shows how Sweden’s image is being distorted and used as a weapon in a global clash of values – and how Swedes can reclaim the narrative.Author Paul Rapacioli is the founder of Swedish news company The Local, providing Europe’s news in English to five million readers each month. Drawing on more than a decade of news coverage, Good Sweden, Bad Sweden is his inside account of how the country’s story is being told in a post-truth world.

30 review for Good Sweden, Bad Sweden: The Use and Abuse of Swedish Values in a Post-Truth World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Marmery

    A fascinating and eloquent inquiry into the damage done to Sweden's international reputation by 'fake news'. As founder of Swedish news service The Local, Rapacioli has had a ringside seat in observing this phenomenon, and is able to show exactly how myths - such as a claimed increase in sexual violence and rioting, following an increase in migration - arise: how facts are exaggerated and decontextualised to serve a political agenda, and how myths then take on a life of their own. An important a A fascinating and eloquent inquiry into the damage done to Sweden's international reputation by 'fake news'. As founder of Swedish news service The Local, Rapacioli has had a ringside seat in observing this phenomenon, and is able to show exactly how myths - such as a claimed increase in sexual violence and rioting, following an increase in migration - arise: how facts are exaggerated and decontextualised to serve a political agenda, and how myths then take on a life of their own. An important and timely book for anyone interested in fake news and the modus operandi of a highly partisan global media.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nepreading

    Lättillgängligt och skarpt om hur Sverige används som slagträ i slag om värderingar och effekten det får på Sverigebilden. Helt klart intressant!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jonatan

    Paul Rapacioli, founder of The Local, writes about how Sweden is seen internationally. Where can we find the good and true perspectives of the story, and where can we find the bad and false perspectives of the story? And are all good perspectives true? The result is a book that, just like its title, is both good and bad. I can't say that it's wrong anyhow - in fact it does a rather fine job of presenting Sweden in a nuanced way, mentioning both pros and cons. I just didn't enjoy reading it very m Paul Rapacioli, founder of The Local, writes about how Sweden is seen internationally. Where can we find the good and true perspectives of the story, and where can we find the bad and false perspectives of the story? And are all good perspectives true? The result is a book that, just like its title, is both good and bad. I can't say that it's wrong anyhow - in fact it does a rather fine job of presenting Sweden in a nuanced way, mentioning both pros and cons. I just didn't enjoy reading it very much. Maybe, and this is just me speculating, that is because Good Sweden Bad Sweden should be viewed less as a book, and more as a document in time: How Sweden is represented, and wants to be represented, internationally in the year of 2018. The more I consider that though, that might be it. I'm glad I read this book, I'm just not sure if I would recommend it to people living in Sweden. However, to people living outside of Sweden, I can imagine this book would be a good read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sabina

    Intresting but a it shallow

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hannah (jellicoereads)

    Review to follow

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angelique Holmberg

    More people Seriously needs to read this book. Not just Swedes. It's interesting to anyone interested in how media is able to twist facts and make them into negative news. More people Seriously needs to read this book. Not just Swedes. It's interesting to anyone interested in how media is able to twist facts and make them into negative news.

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    Chuck Grantham

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    Jeff Schauer

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