An absolutely brilliant analysis of the ways in which individuals and organizations of the media are influenced to shape the social agendas of knowledge and, therefore, belief. Contrary to the popular conception of members of the press as hard-bitten realists doggedly pursuing unpopular truths, Herman and Chomsky prove conclusively that the free-market economics model of media leads inevitably to normative and narrow reporting. Whether or not you've seen the eye-opening movie, buy this book, and you will be a far more knowledgeable person and much less prone to having your beliefs manipulated as easily as the press. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Herman of Wharton and Chomsky of MIT lucidly document their argument that America's government and its corporate giants exercise control over what we read, see and hear. The authors identify the forces that they contend make the national media propagandisticthe major three being the motivation for profit through ad revenue, the media's close links to and often ownership by corporations, and their acceptance of information from biased sources. In five case studies, the writers show how TV, newspapers and radio distort world events. For example, the authors maintain that "it would have been very difficult for the Guatemalan government to murder tens of thousands over the past decade if the U.S. press had provided the kind of coverage they gave to the difficulties of Andrei Sakharov or the murder of Jerzy Popieluszko in Poland." Such allegations would be routine were it not for the excellent research behind this book's controversial charges. Extensive evidence is calmly presented, and in the end an indictment against the guardians of our freedoms is substantiated. A disturbing picture emerges of a news system that panders to the interests of America's privileged and neglects its duties when the concerns of minority groups and the underclass are at stake. First serial to the Progressive.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It makes one aware of the biases of mass media so that one can read it critically and thereby have a better chance at becoming informed. Read morePublished 12 days ago by James E. Lane
I am kicking myself for missing the deadline of the Kindle return policy. I'm only about 20% of the way through this book and while they do make valid points and have plenty of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Candice
This book analysis what it says it does, and Noam Chomsky as always delivers what we expect of him; a sane and beautiful society critique.Published 2 months ago by Gjermund G Thorsen
Essential reading for anyone who assumes that reading or watching mainstream news media means that they are well-informed.Published 3 months ago by rreader10
If you watch or read news in the United States, you will think differently about the content you are consuming after you finish this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joseph M. Misiti
Extremely wordy, but eye-opening. Skip the introduction; you'll just confuse yourself because it discusses the contents of the book and past editions without any context. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jason A. Stein