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Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies (CBC Massey Lecture) Paperback – September 21, 2013
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In this book, he tackles these themes, but concentrates a great deal on U.S. international relations. The equation is basically this: corporations control the government and own the media. U.S. international relations are directly affected and influenced by the whims of multinationals; namely the desire for [inexpensive] production and [inexpensive] resources, exploiting civilians and foreign lands to achieve these means. The government is in the pocket of the corporations.
The ordinary American has little say. We may vote; but we vote for one party; solely representing the interests of the rich, and the huge corporations.
That's a bit of Chomsky in a nutshell. This book supports these arguments with EXHAUSTIVE research. I admit, I found it exhausting to read, but not from lack of interest. He is detailed; which makes his arguments valid. He uses countless examples, all supported by the contradictory historical actions and propaganda of U.S. foreign relations; where the government lies to the public via the media. There are so many quotes and supportive examples that the bibliography could be 40 pages long!
So, I love Chomsky. However I really don't like reading him; but I try.Read more ›
It's surprising that someone as skilled at theorizing as Chomsky appears to shy away from this next logical step to his many invaluable case studies. Americans by and large recognise that despite being "free", the popular media is not to be trusted. Now we need be persuaded why this is so. Perhaps Chomsky doesn't want to risk credibility by pursuing more abstract formulations where researchable fact is less immediate. Whatever the reason, in this book he has clearly debunked some of America's most prestigious and self-serving institutions, which is always a worthwhile read.
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This book was recommended to me by my son. I liked it because of the political ideas he coveredPublished 19 months ago by Christopher M. Whitman
Noam Chomsky is an important linguistic theorists and social writer. In this book Chomsky looks at how elites maintain political power through propaganda that distorts and confuses... Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by P. Mulloy
It is a great piece, part of a large body
of work by professor Chomsky that gets
to some of the most important points.
this book is interesting but filled with lots of jargon. cut through the jargon and you'll enjoy what it has in storePublished on December 29, 2012 by JSchroif
If you've long perceived that the news programs that glow from the corporately empowered tabernacles from the mouths of the disembodied (E-band) spirits that you invite into your... Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Free Speech
Brilliant and insightful. I am a conservative rightwing voter but Professor Chomsky insight into power and the control of and by the media is truly frightening. Read morePublished on February 5, 2010 by Brendan R. Manning
Unlike the unfortunate trend I see on the left to review and condemn books by the likes of Coulter etc with out reading them, I will begin by stating that I could not read this... Read morePublished on April 26, 2008 by Dean D. Gilbert