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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I think this book has so much information and so many ideas, it just takes time to thoroughly think through everything and digest it all.

But the new book owes quite a bit to another critical work of nonfiction comics. And that media is a pretty good reflection of how the current ages are.

We learn from our mistakes. Overall, a compelling and good read.

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone

The tension between the fairly highbrow content and the lowbrow medium in IM is reminiscent of those RSA Animates, in which some egghead natters on about an abstruse topic accompanied by quick-drawn irreverent animation. The Influencing Machine was released in hardcover in May 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 This book offers a robust opinion on the state of the media and explains why there is still a lot of work to do but no reason to despair.

And there are some very clever visual choices in The Influencing Machine that manage the same trick. It does this by pointing how messed up the media has been over the history of man. I know that many other sources deal with this problem, but Gladstone, rather than refer people elsewhere, was rather dismissive of the point.

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No wonder I’m freaking out. And yet again it has taken me awhile to write what I thought about it. 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.

The Influencing Machine

And early history of journalism is rife with biased coverage. Human beings are all prey to unconscious prejudices, and reporters no more or less than anyone thee.

From Caesar’s Acta Diurna, the first daily news which pressured the Roman Senators to be accountable and reminiscent of the Daily Stand-Up Meeting to the digitally borne diseases stemming from the homophily echo chamber where people only consume media “facts” that substantiate their entrenched belief systems resulting in polarizationour relationship with information has been as much about our own emotions as about anything objective. Refresh and try again. I am deeply disturbed by the role that fake news played in America’s election, and I was glad I found Brooke Gladstone’s book at the library.

Same as it ever was. The Constitution makes no distinction between the speech of a fractious, self-interested, fitfully heroic people and its fractious, self-interested, fitfully heroic press.

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

The Influencing Machine Gladstone’s central metaphor for the media is to equate it with the mechanical mind-control engines that feature in the delusional fantasies of some famous 19th-century paranoids is a smart and funny graphic history of journalism and a meditation on the roles and responsibilities of journalists in a free society. There are passages on cognitive bias and perception that I want to scan in for my infouencing media literacy classes.

This is one of a weird little medium of books that I quite like: 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.


Dec 11, Nathan rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

A lively and informative book on the history of public media. A lot of insight is gleaned from the history of journalism but also from technology experts like Clay Shirky or Cass Sunstein.

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone

Parts of this site are only available to paying PW subscribers. A better frame narrative would have helped.

I am grateful to Facebook using which I stumbled upon this book. In most cases it isn’t true. I can’t imagine how much time it took her to influencinng all that stuff, but when it came time to start drawing it saved me a tremendous amount of work to have all that research done in advance.

Videos About This Book. 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 gladsgone.

Both books are very much part of the world of journalism. And so we built the book. You forgot your password and you need to retrieve it. Feb 13, Becky rated it it was ok.

Gladstone is both narrator and visual tour guide, popping up throughout Neufeld’s comic panels as both her contemporary self and camouflaged alongside historical jachine.

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