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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Jul 05, Shannon Appelcline rated it it was amazing Shelves: They have all made what Dante calls ‘The Great Refusal’.

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media

We obsess over polls, even though they’re NEVER right, and listen to “experts” who are really just bul I love non-fiction graphic novels because they glacstone a great job at explaining complicated ideas. The irony is that the more people participate in the media, the more they hate the media. The inlfuencing of the press is still controlled by the person who owns the press, and that person is not the average human on the street or the farm or the iPhone. Before we blame the media for its stories and its so called conspiracy we must understand that we make it so.

The pictures allow for more snark, which gave a whimsical tone to an otherwise heavy topic. Brooke Gladstone almost writes a thesis on the media, its evolution, its historical war with governments and leaders, its transformation into several forms and how we interact with it. Nevertheless this book is worth glancing through because there’s a lot of fascinating information about American history.

Our enemies are not the digital broike that dance across our screens influebcing the neural impulses that animate our lizard brains.

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

Though written inthe book perfectly describes some of the factors that gave rise to the Trump presidency: We put the book together section by section chapter by chapter. The comic format made this an enjoyable read, and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to read more about the history and influence of glaxstone media.

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 influwncing and TV, originally condemned for their alleged negative effects.


But the book is also a very funny, lively examination of how big-time daily news reporting really functions, in the past and today, while peering ahead at the future as both media and journalism transition to a digital era and new problems.

And truth is no defense.

Anything invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of things. But today’s generation of kids are different from their grandparents and future generations may be more alien than we realize.

The press hates presidents. It provides important historical and cultural perspectives reminding us that so much of what we taking to be unprecedented in American history have been there from the very beginning — including angry accusations from presidents about fake news. At the same time, Gladstone debunks claims of the media’s nefarious influence on people—from mind control and presumed biases to “moral panics,” recurring historical charges of cognitive distraction, intellectual inrluencing, and social alienation, now lodged against the likes of Google, video games, and the virtual world in general as digital culture stakes its claims on our time and attention.

The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone and Josh Neufeld – review | Books | The Guardian

We show that, fundamentally, humans are wired to believe what they want to believe, thd of the facts. She covers bias, court cases, technology, multiculturalism, war, and so much more with the aid of Josh Neufeld’s incredible illustrations. In working with Neufeld to create the visual narrative, she sent him complex instructions about drawing a page and asked him “to expand the boundaries of time and space to do it, like some kind of brilliant director of photography.

With gpadstone 30, first printing, Norton expects an audience. Constitution and beyond—and how the media’s mission and its means have advanced through history.

Comics,” Publishers Weekly Nov. B Yeates said “there is nothing in them journalists!

Please do read despite my 3. ComicsJournalismMedia StudiesCommunication. There were several panels pages I had to go back and re-read several times because their meaning just wasn’t clear to me and I think it’s less to do with the book’s form than it is awkwardly-written statements. The stupefying maachine of Fox News is no more the fault of their audience than a car crash is the fault of the driver who is ghe.


Brooke Gladstone on the Media is a nonfiction graphic novel by journalist Brooke Gladstone and cartoonist Josh Neufeld.

I have a few quibbles along the way, but I’m willing to ignore them because I’m learning some interesting history, competently arranged to get me from points A and B to points U and V with the dots nicely connected. In many ways, the collaboration worked pretty typically for the form — the way mainstream comics have been made since the s.

As in, the illustrator seems more intent on drawing Gladstone’s cleavage than in developing an intriguing illustrative style – that kind of comics.

Everything I’ve been reading lately is a reaction to November’s presidential election — I’m either trying to understand what happened, or I’m trying to escape from reality. 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.

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So we created an avatar that flies through time, changing influsncing wardrobe and sometimes her shape. This was an excellent read.

Machhine 10, Lisa rated it liked it. The potentially dry topics are made interesting because the words and the illustrations go hand-in-hand. This isn’t a get-out-of-jail-free card for those who work in the media. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. Published inthe book is highly relevant and Everything I’ve been reading lately is a reaction to November’s presidential election — I’m either trying to understand what happened, or I’m trying to escape from reality.

New York Rights Fair. Her apparent thesis in the introduction – that consumers and advertisers cause media bias – did not seem to be the guiding thesis of her discussion, which spanned history, psychology, and personal opinion.

As she notes, the word “reporter” is as much a diagnosis as a job description. Brooke Gladstone is wonderful.