The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone
Brooke Gladstone on the Media

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A visionary and opinionated work of graphic nonfiction on the media and its discontents.

Nearly one million weekly listeners trust NPR's Brooke Gladstone to guide them through the distortions and complexities of the modern media. This brilliant radio personality now bursts onto the page as an illustrated character in vivid comics drawn by acclaimed artist Josh Neufeld. The cartoon of Brooke conducts the reader through two millennia of history-from the newspapers in Caesar's Rome to the penny press of the American Revolution and the manipulations of contemporary journalism. Gladstone's manifesto debunks the notion that "The Media" is an external force, outside of our control, since we've begun directly constructing, filtering, and responding to what we watch and read. 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. It shows that we have met the media and it is us. So now what?
 

About Brooke Gladstone

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Brooke Gladstone is cohost of NPR's On the Media and former senior editor of All Things Considered. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Josh Neufeld is the author of the New York Times bestseller A. D.: New Orleans After the Deluge and A Few Perfect Hours. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published May 23, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 192 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The author also shows how every president eventually considers the press an adversary, and why war reporting tends to be particularly problematic (“Every media bias shows up in war reporting, in spades.” Ultimately, she urges a democracy that relies on media to share responsibility “by playing an...

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Gladstone, cohost of NPR's On the Media, and noted illustrator Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge) make a formidable pair in this fascinating history of media's influence.

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Christian Science Monitor

“I wanted to write a comic book long before I wanted to write a book about the media,” Brooke Gladstone explains in The Influencing Machine, her new book about the news business.

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Gladstone, however, addresses the question of bias by pulling back to the 50,000-foot level and positioning the “boring” controversy about “political bias” alongside the far less obvious biases that we really “should worry about”—commercial bias, status quo bias, access bias, visual bias, narrati...

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Broken Frontier

You don’t have to watch The Daily Show and The Colbert Report to know something is seriously wrong with mainstream news today.

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