The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone On The Media

May 23, 2011

A 24-hour news cycle, media moguls with political agendas, blurred lines between news and commentary. To many, these are sign’s that today’s media couldn’t be farther removed from the integrity of its roots.

After more than two decades reporting on the Media, NPR’s Brooke Gladstone is of the opinion that we’ve been here before, and it’s actually been worse. Gladstone presents her manifesto in the new book The Influencing Machine.

Through the medium of graphic nonfiction, She and illustrator Josh Neufeld frame today’s media in the context of two thousand years of history, and in the process challenge some cornerstone assumptions of the press, including objectivity and the roots of media bias, and dispell a fear that a media machine may be controlling our minds.

Today we’ll talk with Gladstone and Neufeld about all this, and what the media really says about us.

What do we need to be aware of as media consumers today? And how can we negotiate the changes technology brings to the media of the future?