Required Reading: The Influencing Machine

The Influencing Machine is a recently-published graphic novel examining the media.  The starred review in Library Journal compares the book's narrator to "a chatty but interesting poli-sci professor" who guides the reader "through media history, source accuracy (or not), journalist impartiality (or not), bias (seven kinds), dilemmas relating to war reporting, objectivity (or not), disclosure, tricks the mind plays on understanding news stories, and how the media mirror ourselves in all of our human diversity."  The review also recommends that the book "should be required reading for nearly everbody over age ten, media students, and plain ole citizens, especially."  Intrigued?  Pick it up at your Community Library!

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