The Influencing Machine
Featured by the New Yorker, Newsweek, National Public Radio, the Associated Press, the Miami Herald, the Atlantic, The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, Publishers Weekly, the Library Journal, BoingBoing, and many others!
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?"
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.
Samples and excerpts:
- "Meet the Author," "The Body Electric," and "In the Beginning" [Scribd]
- "Objectivity" [Slate]
- "The Goldilocks Number" [Slate]
"The Influencing Machine is so remarkable
that it is hard to describe. The best I can do is: it’s a book about
the history and current controversies of the media, all done as a Spiegelman-style
comic-strip narrative. Brooke herself (or at least an avatar) leads you through
it all, and her ‘voice’ — well known after her years as
host of NPR’s On the Media — comes through loud and clear,
thanks to Josh Neufeld's witty drawings. I learned a lot, including a lot
that I should have known already, and enjoyed every minute."
— Michael Kinsley
"The Influencing Machine is an indispensable
guidebook for anyone who hopes to navigate the mirages and constantly shifting
sands of our media landscape. Brooke Gladstone’s text and Josh Neufeld’s
images illuminate one another with crackling wit and intelligence."
— Alison Bechdel
"A first-rate comics manifesto. The Influencing Machine has influenced me to think much more deeply about the media landscape we live in. Gladstone and Neufeld can show and tell with the best of 'em."
— Scott McCloud
"Like Malcolm Gladwell or Michael Lewis or Michael Pollen, Brooke somehow takes a subject most of us don't give a damn about and makes it completely entertaining."
— Ira Glass