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She knew she wanted to do a book about the media, but “I didn’t like most media books and found them colorless and boring. This is one of a weird little medium of books that I quite like: And that media is a pretty good reflection of machlne the current ages are.

Dec 12, Ron Turner rated it really liked it. So much of nonfiction writing is telling people what you are about to tell them. Quotes from The Influencing M Maybe we’re getting dumber.

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

Some news stories, science stories for instance, never really end. It’s not entirely layman’s terms, but i A thorough examination of the role of media–newspapers, television, pop culture–in our world and our understanding of the world. With a 30, first printing, Norton expects an audience. 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.

Cart Support Signed in as: I read it in one sitting and got a lot from it. You may cancel at any time with no questions asked. She makes the case that media distributors, even ones that seem indestructible, are ultimately subject to the preferences of their audience: Alas, this does it no justice at all. Journalists, she believes, are too prone to running with the pack and sometimes craven and afraid not for nothing did the US authorities decide to embed reporters during its adventures in the Middle East; terror and gratitude made the early headlines better than they should have been.


We get the media that our country’s dominant ideology allows. The earliest journalists, the scribes, worked for their masters and so had to toe the line. The illustrations were great. A lot of reviewers found this book frustrating and disappointing, and I can certainly see why.

InJohn Milton complains. Even though the media are mostly corporate-owned, their first allegiance is to their public because, if they lose that allegiance, they lose money.

The other main problem with this book is that it’s completely unclear what age-range it is directed toward.

The Influencing Machine

Sometimes the press leads the public; sometimes the public leads the press. I then inked and colored their pencils. Neufeld, a much acclaimed creator of autobiographical comics, who has worked with the late Harvey Pekar, among others, on a variety of nonfiction comics works, has been nominated for Eisner and Harvey Awards for A.

Comics,” Publishers Weekly Nov. University of Alaska Anchorage Feb. It did not specifically foresee the problem of social media manipulation by Russian bots or Cambridge Analytica, but the analysis shows that media reporter that she is, Brooke Gladstone she has had her ear to the ground all along.

As she notes, the word “reporter” is as much a diagnosis as a job description. Overall, Gladstone and Neufeld aptly highlight our simplest and most useful modes of media analysis.

What was the collaborative process like?

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.

And it’s hard to see how journalism of the kind she praises Morley Safer and Michael Herr in Vietnam; Woodward and Bernstein in Washington will prosper in a digital, and therefore perilously under-funded, future.

Maybe we’re getting smarter.

The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone and Josh Neufeld – review

So then I had to go grab it back from my 4th grader, despite the fact that all Gladstone’s references to bias, gatekeepers, and cognitive dissonance would seem to find a better landing place among college graduates. The last section, The Influencing Machines, was far and away the most interesting and now I’m scared of polymer nanotubes being inserted into my brain.


To subscribe, click here. The Influencing Machine The influencing machine is a typical invention of the mind that is trying to explain in a somewhat paranoiac way how ideas are spreading.

The stupefying evil of Fox News is no more the fault of their audience than a car crash is the fault of the driver who is rear-ended. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. The media, at least the mainstream media, don’t want to get too far ahead.

And there are some very clever visual choices in The Influencing Machine that manage the same trick. This is definitely an interesting and easy way to read about a complex, interesting subject that has an effect on us all.

I just picked this off the library shelves out of curiosity and then we got this week’s Muse magazine, which coincidentally includes an excerpt from the book. Brooke Gladstone—former Russian correspondent, Stanford fellow, and longtime cohost of On the Media, NPR’s weekly radio show focused on the state of journalism and today’s media—has turned to comics: That this book comes with such amazing blurbs by such eminent personalities speaks more about the media than the book itself does.

But you’re in there, reflected somewhere, and so is everyone else including people you dislike. In many ways, the collaboration worked pretty typically for the form — the way mainstream comics have been made since the s. The graphic novel format makes it feel lighter than it would otherwise, a delightful way to slip in education.

She points out this example where people blamed the media when it criticized the WMD war on Iraq. This was in the s, which was influenciny different comics world—they were so cheap you could really support a comics habit on baby-sitting money. There is no conspiracy. March 20 Book Club 3 4 Mar 24, That polarity infects every page of this book, Gladstone swings between good news and bad infkuencing, tracking studies, claims, counterclaims, threats, movements, achievements and diminishments, highlights and lowlights, and finally peering into the wired-in future.