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Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media Paperback – January 15, 2002
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Obviously, not all happenings in the world can fit between the covers of the New York Times. Herman and Chomsky outline five filters, interrelated to some extent, through which these events must pass in order to become newsworthy. First, huge transnational businesses own much of the media - a fact probably more true now than in 1988 with Disney, Westinghouse, and Microsoft bullying in on the news markets. The corporate interests of these companies need not, and probably do not, coincide with the public's interests, and, consequently, some news and some interpretations of news stories critical of business interests will probably not make it to press.Read more ›
This is for the interested kid or student or person inclined towards radical politics who maybe doesn't have a Phd degree, or who doesn't sit around discussing the scholarly implications of books for the sake of showing off their superior intellect.
First of all, don't be scaired by the 400 pages of the book. Its actually just barely above 300, with about 100 pages of appendixes and footnotes.
It is a very readable book for anyone who has at least a vague idea of recent world affairs (of the past 3 decades or so). And even if you don't have much familiarity, after finishing this book, you certainly will. Some parts may be a bit overwhelming, but they are few and far between.
The basic premise of the book is that the mainstream American corporate media (the big networks, the big newspapers, news magazines, etc)serve to uphold the interests of the elites in this country (political and economic). Chomsky and Herman acknowledge that we do have a "liberal" press, (what does it really mean to be 'liberal' in America today anyways?), but that the liberalness is kept within acceptable boundaries. Basically, the mainstream press may give a liberal slant on what the dominant institutions and systems are doing...but they will not question the very nature of the institutions and systems themselves.
For example, today's Los Angeles Times (January 6,2003) had a page 2 story on the U.N sanctions against Iraq. Now, the typical reader may see the story, and figure that since the LA Times is even reporting on the impact of sanctions against Iraqi civillians, this is demonstrative of their 'liberal' leanings.Read more ›
Such a statement seems too blatantly simplistic to require serious consideration; nevertheless, the authors do give it very serious consideration, and the evidence they have scrupulously collected is hard to refute.Read more ›
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There do exist methods to 'manufacture consent', and this book contains ample empirical evidence of this ---contrary to the idea that it is all a conspiracy theory.Published 11 days ago by Santiago Fortes
This is outdated. Talks about mass communication pre-internet. Needs a serious update.Published 17 days ago by Reginald Carter
If you are a good Leftist and you want to know why your ideas are not popular, this is the book for you. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Herbert Gintis
Noam Chomsky is CIA's favorite fake lefty.
He is in fact an agent of the right wing.
Why are so many fooled by him? Read more
This book is written in simple English, it tells the reader what the media doesn't tell the public. It shows that great powers will do anything to maintain power and increase their... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Thesis is shocking, yet clear and well supported by data presented. The book may appear to be outdated but is actually more apt than ever, as opined in the afterword of the 20th... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sheng
Bought this textbook for my boyfriend. He said it was just okay.Published 2 months ago by Avid Amazon reviewer