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- Print Length: 436 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0896083667
- Publisher: House of Anansi Press; 2 edition (September 2, 1995)
- Publication Date: September 2, 1995
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00WRNW8Y4
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Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies (CBC Massey Lectures) 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition
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I see a fantastic phenomenon on the horizon, As Chomsky ages he will become senile,half his followers will be awe struck at the depth and original logic of his newfound reasoning while the other half tear at each other in a crazed attempt to find relevance(and explain it to the rest of us) in each new tome that comes out of his deteriorating mind.
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. I find the easiest way to get the big picture of Chomsky's views is by watching the documentary, Manufacturing Consent, reading Z Magazine, and also "The Real Story" series of transcribed interviews with Chomsky.
Perhaps I'm just a lazy reader. However I think this book legitimizes many of Chomsky's views, in a dense, detailed, way. But without these supporting examples and quotes, his views couldn't be seen as valid.
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In seinem Werk Necessary Illusions setzt sich Noam wieder einmal kritisch mit den Medien und deren Einfluss auf die Bevölkerung, sowie US Außenpolitik auseinander. Ähnliche Werke wie Media Control und Manufacturing Consent sind vom Inhalt überragend. Necessary Illussions bietet dem wenig interessierten Leser nicht enorm viel mehr, der interessierte Leser wird aber weitere Puzzlestücke finden.
Alles in allem eine lohnenswerte Anschaffung in einem Zeitalter der Massenignoranz.
I recommend this book to everybody (no matter the age, sex, etc)
Read only a few pages.