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History, Nonfiction, Philosophy
Brooke Gladstone explains her reasons for writing The Influencing Machine as both a journalist and a consumer of news. As a journalist, she is curious about how media has evolved to serve people and how issues like bias, technology, censorship, and power come into play. Presented in graphic format, The Influencing Machine, Gladstone's "graphic manifesto," is relevant to the current climate of technological development of news media and the ways in which people consume information. In collaboration with artist Josh Neufeld (b. 1967), Gladstone breaks down the history, philosophy, and psychology of media in a way that is entertaining to look at through illustrations and mock "interviews" with political figures and journalists of the past and present.
Brooke Gladstone, author of The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media is both the book's narrator and a frequent character in the vignettes. Weaving in and out of history and the present, she narrates from the third-person point of view and occasionally from the first-person point of view when she appears as a character.
The Influencing Machine refers to the historical idea that the "machines" people create to disseminate and use information—everything from the printing press to the Internet—affect the way people think and what they believe.
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