3 Oct The Influencing Machine. by Brooke Gladstone (Norton; $). Written by the co-host of NPR’s excellent weekend program “On the Media,”. The Influencing Machine has ratings and reviews. Diane said: Everything I’ve been reading lately is a reaction to November’s presidential elect.. . 16 May Brooke Gladstone, longtime cohost of On the Media, NPR’s weekly radio show on journalism and media, has turned to comics: The Influencing.

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Brooke Gladstone on the Media is a nonfiction graphic goadstone by journalist Brooke Gladstone and cartoonist Josh Neufeld. I’m happy for him to read it if he likes, but this one is Samuel Clemens, not Mark Twain. And also explain media’s evolution through the ages leading up to today.

New York Rights Fair. New Orleans After the DelugeGladstone’s media manifesto provides valuable background critical for understanding the problems and possibilities in this particular moment in journalism.

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We obsess over polls, even though they’re NEVER right, and listen to “experts” who are really machiine bullshit artists trying to sell themselves as “pundits” and “strategists. Published May 23rd by W. It has always been an ongoing affair.

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. Brooke Gladstone is wonderful. Jul 28, Priya rated it it was amazing Shelves: Particularly when it comes to brooks theory and research about media’s effects, the comic format shines.

Please enter a valid email address. Copy borrowed from high school text collection 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: Maybe I’m just crazy left-leaning, I don’t know.

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Quotes from The Influencing M But I machnie her chipper book all the same. Unfortunately, I think Gladstone should have just written a proper book. Here issues are undecided, debated, probed. My one main criticism is that Gladstone did not engage with criticisms about capitalism and the media, specifically control over the media by a few, powerful companies.

The jaunty comic book style drawings and the irreverent tone make it look like it’s going to be an all out Michael Moore style attack on the status quo and the mainstream media, but the more you read the less you can figure out where the author really stands on anything.

It made me smile. Our enemies are not the digital bits that dance machne our screens but the neural impulses that animate our lizard brains. Verify your Comment Previewing your Comment. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. McCloud’s book maximized the potential of “sequential art” to explain complex issues in an immediate, simple way.

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View all 6 comments. 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 diminishment, and social alienation, now lodged against the likes of Google, video games, and the virtual machie in general as digital culture stakes its claims on our time and attention.

Edited by Tjeerd Royaards. The author is also the co-host of On The Media. Historian Daniel Hallin divides the journalists’ world into three spheres.

In my simple understanding, Brooke also tries to tie together media through the ages – in a way that suggests that concerns over media are very similar since ever.

The best part of the book for me, though, was Daniel Hallin’s donut: Feb 05, Veronica rated bgooke it was ok. But Gladstone and Neufeld do leave us with a few worries. 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.


We learn from our mistakes. So then I had to go grab it back gladtsone 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. It’s quite well done and Maxhine liked the art two-toned artwork, colored blue and black broke 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: 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.

That’s because there never really was a distinction, and now that everyone carries a potential printing press in a back pocket or purse, there’s no use pretending that there is. The place for people and opinions that the “mainstream of the society reject as unworthy of being heard.

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone

I especially loved seeing the Brooke Gladstone character in all the historical scenes. And readers who are new to the author’s On the Media podcast will want to subscribe immediately. 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.

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