The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media. Written by Brooke Gladstone. Illustrated by Josh Neufeld.
I think this is a really interesting view of the media. It’s also one of Publisher’s Weekly top reads of 2011.
In case you didn’t watch the video, here’s one of my favorite passages from the book:
Speech itself, inevitable and unrelenting, . . . can roar or shriek or wail. But it can’t be stopped. Everything we hate about the media today was present at its creation; its corrupt or craven practitioners, its easy manipulation by the powerful, its capacity for propagating lies, its penchant for amplifying rage.
Also present was everything we admire—and require—from the media: factual information, penetrating analysis, probing investigation, truth spoken to power.
Same as it ever was.