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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True enoughanyway. I knew about John Adams and the Sedition Act, for example, but I had no idea that the modern “press influeencing and the “press release” were both invented by Edward Stanton, the Secretary of War under Abraham Lincoln! I especially loved seeing the Brooke Gladstone character in all the historical scenes.

English parliamentarians who legally constrain presses; American free presses; the rapid introduction and reintroduction and reintroduction of censorship bills by Presidents; contempt for journalists; the trends and herd mentality of reporters; news that just isn’t true; the different types of bias that could manifest in journalism; can journalists have opinions and still be fair or objective; what the hell IS objectivity; how political war machines use journalists; how journalists are complicit in those machines; transparency as a substitute for objectivity; cognitive biases; the ineffectiveness of facts to change opinions; and more.

There is a lot of good information in this book, which is told in the form of a comic, with illustrations by Josh Neufeld I really liked his book about Hurricane Katrina, A. So, on the one hand, suckage, but on the other hand, it doesn’t mean the world is going to hell.

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

La differenza la possiamo fare solo noi. Essentially, they are searching for a reason for their pain and find it in the Machine. 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.


Some fascinating factual tidbits, e. This engaging, thought-provoking book came out in but every page vladstone with relevant insights into the complexities of the current news climate. Views Read Edit View history. But after a while I just want her to pick a side already, to make an assertion without mxchine it two panels later Brooke Gladstone on the Media by Brooke Gladstone writer. I read it in one sitting and got a lot from it. The Influencing Machine has been selected as a common read by a number of universities, including Alaska Pacific UniversityAmerican University[12] Millersville University[13] the University of Alaska Anchorage[14] and the University of Maryland.

I’m not responsible for the greed-driven politics of Rupert Murdoch. There are many great quotes in this book, but perhaps the most important one is from one of our founding fathers, “The only security of all is in a free press.

New Orleans After the Deluge. The newspapers were fed a rabidly pro-atomic line by a pet journo stooge.

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone

I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s meant for a precocious 9th-grader. She unapologetically says that the knfluencing is plural. Media consolidation has drastically reduced variety. Oct 27, James Payne rated it it was ok Shelves: And also explain media’s evolution through the ages leading up to today.

But McCloud had the benefit of using comics to write about an illustrated medium. Parts of this site are only available to paying PW subscribers. There are passages on cognitive bias and perception that I want to scan in for my middle-school media literacy classes.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? The theme of news-related anxiety and how to navigate it is finding it’s way into more of my attentional fitness talks and coaching sessions.

Feb 17, Carol Storm rated it liked it. One minute she’s ridiculing journalists who don’t openly declare what side they’re on, sneering that they’ve made “The Great Refusal. So it’s up to us to acknowledge our own complicity. Throughout I was scandalized by the tidbits of information about falsehoods, lies, and tampering that goes on in the media.


So then I had Inspired by Scott McCloudBrooke Gladstone was brimming with ideas about ihfluencing history of journalism and the impact, evolution, and continuing relevance of the media. Check out this prescient passage: She covers bias, court cases, technology, multiculturalism, war, and so much more with the aid of Josh Neufeld’s incredible illustrations.

And since it is a graphic novel, it goes without saying that there are a lot of pictures to assist in conveying the ideas.

May 13, Daron rated it it was amazing Shelves: As in, the illustrator seems more intent on drawing Gladstone’s cleavage than in developing an intriguing illustrative style – that kind of comics. The book does spin off into speculation about the internet and future technology at the end, which I don’t find in line with the rest of the book, but interesting nonetheless. There is no conspiracy. But I’ve watched journalists cover countless catastrophes, elections, political gridlock, moral panics, and several wars.

The earliest journalists, the scribes, worked for their masters and so had to toe the line.

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I think it makes extremely important ways and Brooke Gladstone is a super sharp thinker and writer. Gladstone used graphic non-fiction onfluencing deftly communicate the historical, psychological and sociological truths of the media’s influence in society.

The Influencing Machine is a history of the media and how its impact has evolved over time. March 20 Book Club.

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