- Series: Open Media Series
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Seven Stories Press; 2 Sub edition (September 3, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583225366
- ISBN-13: 978-1583225363
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Media Control, Second Edition: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda (Open Media Series) 2 Sub Edition
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About the Author
NOAM CHOMSKY is known throughout the world for his political and philosophical writings as well as for his groundbreaking linguistics work. He has taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1955 and remains one of America's most uncompromising voices of dissent.
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This though is a somewhat embittered manifesto, spewing out bits on how administrations in the past from Wilson to Bush Senior have manipulated the public into war with unlikely, usually defenceless enemies. This edition sports a new speech "The Journalist from Mars," which lends a refreshingly dissident tenor to the chorus of patriotism. The 31 new pages are particularly relevant today as President Bush picks up where his father left off, once again calling a fear-ridden population to war.
Media Control might sound like a flaming rant but it is a good, crisp lead-in into Chomsky's thinking -- likely to be misinterpreted unless you are also familiar with his work otherwise. But his ideas are a welcome second opinion at a time when we should be questioning more than ever whether the spurious memes of "War on Terror", "Shock and Awe" etc are really about terrorism or tyranny at all, or a nearly-successful PR agenda pandering to the big few.
A highly engaging read.
... Also, this new edition of Media Control is expanded to include transcript of a talk, previously printed in FAIR, which is a little thought experiment about how a journalist from Mars (which is what journalists who work with a critical edge are often treated like), who is highly trained at the best journalism schools in the U.S., would cover the "war on terrorism." It is interesting to read the current essay in light of the essay on the Iraq conflict ten years past. (and the new cover and print is much more attractive than the 1st edition).
The public thinks they make their own decisions but in truth they are led to specific outcomes through well-established methods. The lengths to which this propaganda can take the population are practically without limit; typically it involves whipping up public support for wars (sometimes ridiculously unjust, like the overthrow of the Guatemalan government, leading to decades of civil war, for the sake of the United Fruit Company), for the benefit of the military-industrial complex.
It's a very quick read, and your understanding of how the US really works will become qualitatively better.