First-person perspective of the author, Thomas C. Foster
Tone and Mood
Analytical, critical, skeptical, wry, and opinionated. Foster takes an objective and more formal stance when analyzing patterns or features of nonfiction, but can also be sarcastic, playful, and funny. When he is discussing the impact of false information on American democracy, Foster is impassioned and has a tone of urgency.
Protagonist and Antagonist
This is a nonfiction book and has neither a protagonist nor an antagonist. However, individuals who deliberately or carelessly spread false information are portrayed as the antagonists of truth and democracy.
Although this is a nonfiction book, the author suggests that there is a conflict between the public and so-called "fake news."
There are allusions to history, geography (particularly of the United States, but also the world), Foster's previous work, mythology, religion, popular culture, and current events.
Metonymy and Synecdoche
How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor Questions and Answers
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