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Taking the Risk Out of Democracy: Corporate Propaganda versus Freedom and Liberty (History of Communication) 1St Edition Edition
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Alex Carey examines how Management, Gov't, and other powerful interests manipulate the symbols of our cultural life to destroy union solidarity, dillute political accountability, and distract attention away from issues (and solutions) that threaten those institutions.
Very well researched and cleverly developed, it is unfortunate that Carey's career was abruptly cut short. This book and those it has inspired stand strong, albeit quietly, in the face of the information control systems that they seek to expose.
"Taking the Risk Out of Democracy : Corporate Propaganda Versus Freedom and Liberty" points out that there are two types of propaganda, each of which have specific societal functions. The first type is aimed at the educated, articulate sectors of the population that are involved in in decision making and setting the agenda for others to adhere to. The second type of propaganda is aimed at the unwashed masses, to keep them distracted so as they don't interfere in the public arena where they have no business in being. All in all, "Taking the Risk Out of Democracy : Corporate Propaganda Versus Freedom and Liberty remains a seminal analysis of corporate propaganda and its uses in creating an obedient elite and a subserviant citizenry. Very enjoyable.
Here and there this book is dreadfully dry, particularly towards the end. His ideas probably would have been made clearer and much better organized if he would have been able to put together a regular book instead of a book of essays put together by someone else but he died in 1988 before he could get it done. But the topics he discusses are very important especially now when business and government propaganda has never been more powerful.
The main title of this book describes what big business and their intellectual and political minions have tried to do particularly in the United States as rights to vote and to organize in this country were extended to large segments of the population of this country over the last hundred years. Carey's old friend Noam Chomsky quotes in his preface the numerous intellectual advocates (Walter Lipmann, Harold Laswell,etc.) of what Thomas Jefferson called late in his life "a single and splendid government of an aristocracy" made up of the "banking institutions and monyed incorporations" whom he feared would destroy the freedoms gained during the American revolution.Read more ›
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This review is for people like me who go first to the negative reviews and if they make sense stop there. Read morePublished 12 months ago by W. Isaksson
Have been enjoying this book so much I can't get through more than a few pages at a time without my blood pressure rising to dangerous levels. Read morePublished 20 months ago by A. Corpolongo
I wish Alex Carey wrote more books. This book is a brilliant and insightful work about how corporations use propaganda to subvert democracy. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by P. Mulloy
Full of insights, such as the distinction between treetops propaganda, as opposed to grassroots, aimed at the intellectual and business classes.Published on May 26, 2013 by DG
My son was assigned this book for an English class. He was puzzled by it, and I read it to see what the problem was. Read morePublished on June 23, 2011 by Rogue Reader
"'Americans are the most propagandized people of any nation.'"
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"The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance : the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of... Read morePublished on February 13, 2009 by Guy Denutte