Join Dr. Edward Caudill for a discussion of The influencing machine: Brooke Gladstone on the media by Brooke Gladstone.
"Brooke Gladstone offers the most engaging and insightful critique of modern media since Walter Lippmann," says Dr. Caudill. "She spares no one, including herself and the standards of her profession. She ranges across disciplines and centuries—from William Tecumseh Sherman and his contempt for the very reporters who made his March to the Sea so psychologically devastating for the Confederacy, to the 20th-century research of Leon Festinger into cognitive dissonance and what it tells us about ourselves and how we use media. The illustrations by Josh Neufeld are more than whimsical accompaniments to Gladstone’s text. They, too, merit a second 'reading,' complementing her deft touch and depth in this essential subject at the center of 21st-century society and government. cover of The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the mediaIn The influencing machine, you’ll learn something about media and, perhaps with some chagrin, about how and why you use media."
Dr. Edward Caudill is a professor of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee. His most recent book is Intelligently designed: how creationists built the campaign against evolution. Earlier this year, Brooke Gladstone interviewed him about the book as part of National Public Radio’s “On the Media.” He and Paul Ashdown have co-authored a trilogy of books on Civil War figures and the myths around them: William Tecumseh Sherman, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and John Mosby. They are working on a volume about George A. Custer and the Little Bighorn.