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The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone
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Jul 30, 2012

really liked it
Read from July 27 to 30, 2012

The comic book theme felt unnecessary to me at first, but then I began to like the style in which it was written. It seemed funny to pair thought provoking passages with illustrations. They grew on me half-way through finishing the book. The illustrations were humorous and helpful.

Gladstone focuses on many issues today with journalism. Objectivity is hard to accomplish because every one is biased and he has their own prejudices, even if they are unaware of them. She explains that journalism is not an exact science and that it was and will always be flawed. The flaws stem from human error and until we evolve into a different species.

"Obviously, people make things, but less obviously, things also make poeple. The idea that humans and their tools 'co-evolved' is now widely accepted by anthropologists," Gladstone explains. There is no way to stop progress and all we can do is embrace it and adapt with it.

...and i have more to say, but it got deleted because i forgot to save :(

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