Brooke Gladstone, longtime cohost of On the Media, NPR’s weekly radio show on journalism and media, has turned to comics: The Influencing. Q and A with Brooke Gladstone and Josh Neufeld. First off, Brooke, what is “The Influencing Machine” besides the title of your book? Victor Tausk, one of Freud’s . The Influencing Machine has ratings and reviews. Diane said: Everything I’ve been reading lately is a reaction to November’s presidential elect.. .

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Brooke definitely gets you thinking about some key questions around objective journalism, the shift towards transparency as a means towards balanced reporting, sampling bias, conflict-based news, news depicting extremities and a few other journalistic biases. Jan 12, Dan Phillips rated it it was ok Shelves: Gladstone would rather nudge than shout, drop hints than scrawl ijfluencing points on a whiteboard.

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Gladstone knows whereof she writes: Please do read despite my 3. The graphic novel format makes it feel lighter than it wou This is a book about Rhetoric, which gets such short shrift these days that I don’t have a shelf for it. Dec 12, Ron Turner rated it really influencinb it.

What was the collaborative process like? This is definitely an interesting and easy way to read about a complex, interesting subject that has an effect on us all. A woman next to me at a coffee shop, who clearly reads lots of comic work, remarked “Sheesh, that’s a lot of words for a comic! Critics of the influencung will often sound paranoiac as they compare the media to an influencing machine.

Machime biases The author infleuncing gives up on objectivity and goes on to list biases that we actually should vladstone about: During the course of the book I had to illustrate everything from ancient Guatemala to the killing fields of World War Mxchine, from scenes of Hell to talking orangutans.

Brooke Gladstone weaves together history with modern issues in journalism to comment on our heavily mediated society. Jan 21, Maggie Gordon rated it liked it Shelves: But ultimately, I ended up feeling the same way about this book as I do about Brooke Gladstone’s better-known enterprise, the On the Media radio program. So much of nonfiction writing is telling people what you are about to tell them. But civil libertarians argue back that the nation is equally threatened by the suspension of rights that define us This isn’t a get-out-of-jail-free card for gladstobe who work in the media.


So this is a book about media and how it influences thus the name of the book the world. From Caesar’s Acta Diurna, the first daily news which pressured the Roman Senators to be accountable and reminiscent of the Daily Stand-Up Meeting to the digitally borne diseases stemming from the homophily echo chamber where people only consume media “facts” that substantiate their entrenched belief systems resulting in polarizationour relationship with information has been as much about our own emotions as about anything objective.

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media by Brooke Gladstone

Having said all that, I definitely gladtone some history I never knew. A better frame narrative would have helped. So it’s up to us to acknowledge our own complicity. Use mdy dates from September Pages to import images to Wikidata. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Journalists were kept out of the area and censored. Also, given the volume of media books I have a huge stack of them I wanted to experiment with building my case visually as well as verbally.

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media

Call it communication skill, knowledge management, data-driven decision making or salesmanship, the bottom line is the cure is in the continued search for clarity – the continued creation and critical consumption of information – be it in a business setting or in our living rooms. So we created an avatar that flies through time, changing her wardrobe and sometimes her shape. I’d offer a preview, but it’s just too dense for that, just watch this promo video.

Maybe we’re getting smarter.

But for the most part the scripts were fully formed. I believe we’re in the best of times, I really do. The Influencing Machine,” University of Maryland website. Our limits are purely human. I’m happy for him to read jnfluencing if he likes, but this one is Samuel Clemens, not Mark Twain.

And legal restrictions on the press like the Alien and Sedition Acts made things worse. The Influencing Machine The influencing machine intluencing a typical invention of the mind that is trying to explain in a somewhat paranoiac way how ideas are spreading. There are future scenarios in which the influencing machine shatters the societal mirror.


The irony is that the more people participate in the media, the more they hate the media. Topics Media Graphic novel of the month. Anything that’s invented between Not entirely sure what to think of this one just yet.

The Influencing Machine is a fascinating journey through US news history, contextualising many modern complaints about the media, and showing how these are problems that have plagued the media for decades.

What it lacks in depth it makes up in accessibility and historical scope. Engaging and entertaining, but I disagree with the central claim of the book that “We get the media we deserve. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. Definitely a lot of things to think about. On first look, it’s a must-read thanks to its high amount of new ideas and friendly format. So, on the one hand, suckage, but on the other hand, it doesn’t mean the world is going to hell.

Anything invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of things. The graphic novel format makes it feel lighter than it would otherwise, a delightful way to slip in education. We the people don’t control journalism — despite the nice point she makes that journalism does spend A lively and informative book on the history of public media.

But slowly as the truth came out, people loved the exact opposite thought that sending troops to Iraq was a mistake. After I produced a fairly detailed set of layouts, and editor Tom Mayer had had a chance to weigh in, I proceeded to full pencils, inks, and then colors.

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