Book of the Week 9/19/12: “The Influencing Machine”

Brooke Gladstone, veteran journalist and NPR host, has written a history of the media in comic book form.  The Influencing Machine covers “two millennia of history of the influence of the media on the populace, from newspapers in Caesar’s Rome to the penny press of the American Revolution to today” according to the publisher.  Its unusual and accessible format have made it a popular choice for Freshman summer reads across campuses this year.

In a back-to-school interview from Sept. 18th on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” Gladstone fields questions from Freshmen across the country about her graphic novel and the state of journalism today.  Gladstone provides some interesting insight into her writing process, explaining how she translated her written ideas into images.

“There’s a wry voice, cutting at times, definitely in the vernacular.  This is not an academic book, although it could possibly have been if written differently, without pictures,” Gladstone says. “So I’m grateful for my artist Josh Neufeld…for making sure that there was flow and cohesion.”

You can check out The Influencing Machine from the Purchase College Library Main Stacks, Call Number PN4731 .G53 2011.

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media from WW Norton on Vimeo.

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