Monday, June 20
The Influencing Machine
Each week, nearly one million listeners turn to our guest for guidance through the distortions and complexities of the modern media. And now radio personality Brooke Gladstone – host of NPR's On The Media – is bringing her vision and opinions about the media and its discontents to the page. In a work of graphic nonfiction called "The Influencing Machine," Brooke’s comic avatar brings the reader through two millennia of history-from the newspapers in Caesar's Rome to the penny press of the American Revolution and the manipulations of contemporary journalism. Gladstone's manifesto 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. Brooke Gladstone will be at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge tonight at 7 p.m.