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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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.

I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s meant for a precocious 9th-grader.

They aren’t well calibrated; they’re fogged, and cracked. This engaging, thought-provoking book came out in but every page drips with relevant insights into the complexities of the current news climate. With fascinating digressions, sobering anecdotes, and brave analytical wit, The Influencing Machine equips us to be smart, savvy, informed consumers and shapers of the media. So we created an avatar that flies through time, changing her wardrobe and sometimes her shape.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Josh Neufeld Goodreads Author Illustrator. The writing achieves its aim of balancing the light and entertaining with the heavy and intellectual but when rendered as a comic it starts to feel super heavy and dense. They have all made what Dante calls ‘The Great Refusal’.


I knew about John Adams and the Sedition Act, for example, but I had no idea that the modern “press pass” and the “press release” were both invented by Edward Stanton, the Secretary of War under Abraham Lincoln! The Influencing Machine has no pretensions of being more than it is. What is missing is any kind of sustained examination of the specifically economic as opposed to technological frameworks within which the media operate and the way those frameworks affect their performance.

She points out this example where people blamed the media when it criticized the WMD war on Iraq. So, the real question is, how do we design filters for the Web that fladstone us find our way through this particular abundance of information?

Brooke Gladstone on the Media.

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

This debate presupposes that hrooke execs actually know what it wants or needs. 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 Gladstobe and V with the dots nicely connected.

The earliest journalists, the scribes, worked for their masters and so had to toe the line. This phenomena, as skillfully presented by Gladstone, is about more than media influence. Unquestionable values and unchallengeable truths.

The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone and Josh Neufeld – review

Lists with This Book. Gladstone said she is more than happy to cite McCloud, and she does, in her acknowledgments.


Definitely a lot of things to think about. About information overload, she paraphrases Clay Shirky: Issues discussed include bias, objectivity, misinformationethics, and a large chapter on war reporting. This isn’t a ihfluencing card for those who work in the media.

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media

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.

However, all in all, this is an informative, thought-provoking book for those interesting in some introductory media criticism. The pictures allow for more snark, which gave a whimsical tone to an otherwise heavy topic. I machime our most hallowed journalistic institutions crumbling, I see the business model that relied on mass audiences being displaced, with stunning speed, by one that survives by aggregating millions of tiny, targeted audience fragments.

But as fans of radio know, it is also the most intimate medium. Marshall McLuhan and Neil Postman were no surprise, but imagine my pleasure at seeing George Eliot, not just quoted but depicted in cartoon! And since it is a graphic novel, it goes without saying that influemcing are a lot of pictures to assist in influencingg the ideas.

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