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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Accanto a storie supereroistiche, a letteratura per immagini quale Sandman, a capolavori dell’umorismo come Peanuts o Calvin e Hobbes, esistono anche fumetti che usano l’immagine esclusivamente come parziale supporto visivo alle parole. Use mdy dates from September Pages to import images to Wikidata.

Jun 24, Swarun rated it innfluencing liked it Shelves: The donut is journalism’s sweet spot: Like her radio show, Gladstone’s book is an effort to offer an active analysis of the media, its broad history, and its inseparable relationship to technology—and the recurring bouts of glxdstone panic and hysteria that have characterized that relationship since the earliest days of reporting public events.

The terms have changed, but the underlying tensions are the same. The earliest journalists, the scribes, worked for their masters and so had to toe the line. Kirsty Wark with extra frizz. And, coming off of A. Let’s get the art out of the way gladston it’s a masterstroke decision to make this book a graphic novel.

This deft little book tells the story of media and influence, historically and technologically, and manages to be not just readable but also extremely difficult to put down. Dec 11, Nathan rated it really liked it Shelves: Before we blame the media for its stories and its so called conspiracy we must understand that we make it so.

As she notes, the word “reporter” is as much a diagnosis as a job description. But McCloud had the benefit of using comics to write about an illustrated medium.

The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone and Josh Neufeld – review

This really threw me off, and as she shared anecdotes and opinions I kept thinking, “Yes, but why are you telling me this? A better frame narrative would have helped. When Neufeld draws her looking all cheery and engaged, an “Intel Inside” sticker on her forehead — the future of information technology lies, apparently, in brain implants — I can only shiver, and reach for another hardback. In fact, it’s been far worse and the Republic survives. The idea that humans and their tools ‘co-evolved’ is now widely accepted by anthropologists.


The preliminary work — laying out the whole book with the text slotted into the captions and speech bubbles — was something I had never done on any previous projects. The place for people and opinions that the “mainstream of the society reject as unworthy of being heard. Lists with This Book. The Constitution makes no distinction between the speech of a fractious, self-interested, fitfully heroic people and its fractious, self-interested, fitfully heroic press. Scott McCloud’s trilogy of books about comics are perhaps the best example nowadays, and pretty close in style to The Influencing Machine, as Gladstone takes a similar fourth-wall-breaking style of talking.

We’ve been here before: But as fans of radio know, it is also the most intimate medium. Gladstone covers virtually every aspect of free speech you can think of, save, I dunno, maybe three. We obsess over polls, even though they’re NEVER right, and listen to “experts” who are really just bullshit artists trying to sell themselves as “pundits” and “strategists.

This combination is the worst of both worlds.

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone

We show that, fundamentally, humans are wired to believe what they want to believe, regardless of the facts. Gladstone starts the book by saying there is nothing “conspiratorial” about mainstream media – a remark I can only imagine is an unnamed naming of Manufacturing Consent, which, whatever, but she doesn’t even get into such standard Communications Theory hallmarks like Agenda-Setting as that would complicate her premise.

This isn’t a get-out-of-jail-free card for those who work in the media. I’m not half so optimistic as Gladstone. La differenza la possiamo fare solo noi. Cassandras have been around forever citing the various evils of an unfettered press, but in the main, the boons outweigh the bogeymen. With mschine 30, first printing, Norton expects an audience.


Of course, there’s only so much they can get into in a page comic book, but there’s extensive sourcing if you want to learn more. Human beings are all prey to unconscious prejudices, and reporters no more or less than anyone else.

Influencing Machine (book) – Wikipedia

InJohn Milton complains. In this case, fortunately, the praise was warranted. And I’m tempted to read the thing again, just because the comic book format allowed me to breeze through it almost too easily for something whose subject g,adstone is actually pretty weighty. And yet again it has taken me awhile to write what I thought about it. So this is a book about media and how it influences thus the name of the book the world.

Oct 05, Matt rated it it was amazing. Gladstone’s manifesto debunks the notion infliencing “The Media” is an external force, outside of our control, gladsone we’ve begun directly constructing, filtering, and responding to what we watch and read.

As Brooke reminds us, in the words of Thomas Jefferson: New Orleans After the Delugean acclaimed comics nonfiction account of five survivors of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New OrleansGladstone brings her signature style of radio reporting—serious yet lightly ironic scrutiny of the tough issues around contemporary journalism, delivered in her inimitable New York nasal voice—to the comics medium.

The graphic novel ,achine makes it feel lighter than it would otherwise, a delightful way to slip in education. This is the power of news at its best: The potentially dry topics are made interesting because the words and the illustrations go hand-in-hand.