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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My interrupted reading of this book left me with holes in my understanding – I shall be rereading this. Of course, there’s only so much they can g “The more people participate in the media, the more they hate the media.

They aren’t well calibrated; they’re fogged, and cracked. Gladstone’s manifesto debunks the notion that “The Media” is an external force, outside of our control, since we’ve begun directly constructing, filtering, and responding to what we watch and read.

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Available Our Retail Price: Just look at the wild-eyed Russian conspiracy theories. Jan 21, Maggie Gordon rated it liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? Terriers nipping at the ankles of their betters. It’s quite well done and I liked the art two-toned artwork, colored blue and black by Josh Neufeld enough that I immediately ordered a book from the library that the artist had do This is one of a weird little medium of books that I quite like: Advances in VR and nanotechnology may lead to a world where our very eyes are connect to the internet and filter reality through parameters.

The comic book format permitted me to read and learn about a subject I would not have attempted in a formal book format; the graphic format makes sense as a way to ease the “pain”.

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Brooke Gladstone on the Media is a nonfiction graphic novel by journalist Brooke Gladstone and cartoonist Josh Neufeld. Jul 28, Priya rated it it was amazing Shelves: After President Nixon started his innfluencing campaign, people would come up and, well, spit on you, literally. Her message is fair: Of course, governments reasonably argue that when the nation faces a mortal threat, certain rights must be suspended, and in such times many citizens agree.

I’m happy for him to read it if he likes, but this one is Samuel Clemens, not Mark Twain. Aug 10, Lisa rated it liked it. Gladstone provides a handy list of media biases and an overview of psychological biases as understood by contemporary social scientists and neuroscientists. Her graphic book, The Influencing Machine macine has done the words; Josh Neufeldan illustrator of Harvey Pekar’s American Splendorinfluencijg in charge of the pictureshas been billed as a media manifesto.

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And I’m really grateful for the experience. Whistleblowers like Wikileaks and Edward Snowden have taken enormous fire for exposing just how widespread surveillance is.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. That polarity infects every page of this book, Gladstone swings between good news and bad news, tracking studies, claims, counterclaims, threats, movements, achievements and diminishments, highlights and lowlights, and finally peering into the wired-in future. However, like most things related to the election, I get horrified and then try to calm down by looking at the grand sweep of history which is hopefully bending toward justice, despite recent setbacks.

What we’re really dealing with is a mirror: Be the first to ask a influencijg about The Influencing Machine. Google, Facebook and Twitter now openly brag about censoring results and reading your private messages.

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She points out this example where people blamed the media when it criticized the WMD war on Iraq. Political leaks have also been around for hundreds of years.


View all 3 comments. My one main criticism is that Gladstone did not engage with criticisms about capitalism and the media, specifically control over the me 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.

But that also is a delusion.

A lot of reviewers found this book frustrating and disappointing, and I can certainly see why. The Influencing Machine is a history of the media and how its impact has evolved over time.

Technology and media are pretty much inseparable, she says, describing media that “take off” as a product of “technology and politics,” and emphasizing a litany of venerable, now celebrated technological advances, from the printing press to radio and TV, originally condemned for their alleged negative effects.

Not all of them, booke I couldn’t find what I wanted,” she says. Before we blame the media for its stories and its so called gladstobe we must understand that we make it so. Lists with This Book. Actually, media is a plural noun: They just don’t want to be left behind. Sometimes the press leads the public; sometimes the public leads the press.

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Broooke returns Gladstone’s praise. There are a million worthy excerpts in this book but here are a few that I managed to capture and note down and I am adding them as quotes in Goodreads. The graphic novel format makes it feel lighter than it would otherwise, a delightful way to slip in education.