In The Influencing Machine, Gladstone's incisive analysis of the media -- its history, its controversies, and its technological transformation -- is presented largely through illustration by alternative cartoonist Josh Neufeld whose visual rhetoric conveys the complexities of Gladstone's critique. But if this is a sort of comic book, it's one with "zest and brains--and it just might help a reader understand the brave new world" (The New Yorker). Gladstone's research is comprehensive, but her analysis leaves room for readers to consider the nature of bias and power. Finally, The Influencing Machine invites us to reflect on our own responsibility to shape our world(s).
Co-host of NPR's On the Media and senior editor of All Things Considered, Brooke Gladstone is also the recipient of two Peabody Awards, a National Press Club Award, and an Overseas Press Club Award. Among her other accomplishments, she was an NPR Moscow-based reporter, its first media reporter, and the senior editor of Weekend Edition with Scott Simon.
Biographical information from www.onthemedia.org
See full Writer as Witness 2014 Announcement.
Previous Writer as Witness Texts
2013: Notes from No Man's Land, by Eula Biss.
2012: The End of Country, by Seamus McGraw.
2011: The Good Soldiers, by David Finkel
2010: The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy, by Lisa Dodson
2009: True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society, by Farhad Manjoo
2008: The Devil's Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea
2007: The Ponds of Kalambayi, by Mike Tidwell
2006: Love in the Driest Season, by Neely Tucker
2005: Fragments of Grace, by Pamela Constable
2004: Newjack, by Ted Conover
2003: First They Killed My Father, by Loung Ung
2002: Savage Inequalities, by Jonathan Kozol
2001: Bad Land, by Jonathan Raban
2000: Almost a Woman, by Esmeralda Santiago
1999: My Own Country, by Abraham Verghese
1998: There Are No Children Here, by Alex Kotlowitz
WRITER AS WITNESS
STUDENT ESSAY COMPETITION
Deadline: Tuesday, November 11
Top Prize: $200
Runners-Up Prizes: Gift cards from AU Campus Store
Read 2013 winner Lindsay Maizland's Writer as Witness Contest Essay: "The Lenses of Truth: Photographers' Moral Responsibility to Document Injustice in Most Situations"
Once you’ve read The Influencing Machine and have heard Brooke Gladstone speak on Wednesday, September 3rd, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute your voice to the Writer as Witness Program.
Open to all College Writing students. Sponsored by the College Writing Program and AU Campus Store.
For more information please contact Mary Switalski:
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& Library Resources
The AU Campus Store will be offering The Influencing Machine at a discount. Copies will also be available for purchase at the Campus Store during New Student Orientations, when you’ll have your first opportunity to talk with classmates about the text.