The Influencing Machine
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Influencing Machine book trailer
The Influencing Machine is a collaboration with journalist Brooke Gladstone, co-host of WNYC's On the Media, distributed by NPR.
Publisher W.W. Norton calls The Influencing Machine, "a visionary and opinionated work of graphic nonfiction on the media and its discontents. It 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. It shows that we have met the media and it is us. So now what?"
The Associated Press wrote of The Influencing Machine, "what makes the book so notable is its style. It's presented almost entirely in drawings, like a textbook in comic-book or graphic-novel form. . . . It's easy to imagine The Influencing Machine becoming mandatory reading in journalism classes around the country."
Publishers Weekly and the Library Journal both declared The Influencing Machine to be one of the best comics/graphic novels of 2011. In addition, The Influencing Machine has been listed on a number of 2011 holiday gift guides, including New York Magazine and BoingBoing.
Since its publication, The Influencing Machine has been translated into Italian and Korean, with a French edition coming soon.
Samples and excerpts:
- "Meet the Author," "The Body Electric," and "In the Beginning" [Scribd]
- "Objectivity" [Slate]
- "The Goldilocks Number" [Slate]
The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media.
170 pp., $23.95.