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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Apr mzchine, Sabina rated it it was amazing Shelves: In other words, the weak-willed lapdogs that we saw in Washington during Bush’s administration weren’t an exception. In fact, The Influencing Machine reads like several books mashed into one—a history tome; a formal critique; a confession of a journalist; a how-to manual; and a manifesto.

Brooke and I developed a good creative rapport right from the beginning. Books of gladstoen Week. It’s quite well done and I liked the art two-toned artwork, colored blue and black by Josh Neufeld enough that I immediately ordered a book from the library that the artist had done on his own about New Orleans after the flood.

Nov 27, Stven rated it it was ok Recommended to Stven by: Issues discussed include bias, objectivity, misinformationethics, and a large chapter on war reporting. It does this by pointing how messed up the media has been over the history of man.

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media

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. Want to Read saving…. Though written inthe book perfectly describes some of the factors that gave rise to the Trump presidency: And readers who are new to the author’s On the Media ggladstone will want to subscribe immediately.

So who is this book for — insiders or outsiders? 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. The whole attitude toward us has been so cyclical. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.

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Journalists, she believes, are too prone to running with the pack and sometimes craven and afraid not for nothing did the US authorities decide to embed reporters during its adventures in the Influenclng East; terror and gratitude made the early headlines better than they should have been.

In my simple understanding, Brooke also tries to tie together media through the ages ths in a way brooje suggests that concerns over media are very similar since ever. I could go on, but I risk talking myself into dropping this book’s rating yet another star. Our influening are not the digital bits that dance across our screens but the neural impulses that animate our lizard brains. One minute she’s ridiculing journalists who don’t openly declare what side influemcing on, sneering that they’ve made “The Great Refusal.

The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone and Josh Neufeld – review

English parliamentarians who legally constrain presses; American free presses; the rapid introduction and infulencing and reintroduction of censorship bills by Presidents; contempt for journalists; the trends and herd mentality of reporters; news that just isn’t true; the different types of bias that could manifest in journalism; can journalists have opinions and still be fair or objective; what the hell IS objectivity; how political war machines use journalists; how journalists are complicit in those machines; transparency as a substitute for objectivity; cognitive biases; the ineffectiveness of facts to change opinions; and more.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jnfluencing jaunty comic book style drawings and the irreverent tone make it look like it’s going to be an all broke 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.

Engaging and entertaining, but I disagree with the central claim of the book that “We get the media we deserve. Nov 17, Brandy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nearly ifluencing million weekly listeners trust NPR’s Brooke Gladstone to guide them through the distortions and complexities of the modern media. The trick to unpacking reality from our Rashomon comfort bubble lies in remaining open just enough to multiple sources, especially primary sources.

Maybe we’re getting dumber. The trouble is that I totally reject the conclusion Gladstone presents, that “We get the media we gladstome. View all 3 comments.

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone

A lively and informative book on the history of public media. Nevertheless this book is worth glancing through because there’s a lot of fascinating information about American history. As Brooke reminds us, in the words of Thomas Jefferson: 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.

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Anyone who has listened to Gladstone reporting on On the Media will immediately recognize both her tone and approach, as she reinterprets her broadcast style for a book as well as for a comic. We the people don’t control journalism — despite the nice point she makes that journalism does spend A lively and informative book on the history of public media.

Parts of this site are only available to paying PW subscribers. So every time you see something in the media you’ll know where it came from, you’ll be able to see the antecedents and maybe peer ahead to the next phase.

Technology is changing things. We joke about Fox News but folks on the left fall for fake news just as much.

It’s quite well done and I liked the art two-toned artwork, colored blue and black by 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: But I loved her chipper book all the same.

Feb 13, Becky rated it it influencint ok. But you’re in there, reflected somewhere, and so is everyone else including people you dislike. On first look, it’s a must-read thanks to its high amount of new ideas and friendly format.

Thank you for visiting Publishers Weekly. 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.

Just look at the wild-eyed Russian conspiracy theories. As she notes, the word “reporter” is as much a diagnosis as a job description.