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Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

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In this pathbreaking work, now with a new introduction, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense of justice, in their actual practice they defend the economic, social, and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, the state, and the global order.

Based on a series of case studies—including the medias dichotomous treatment of “worthy” versus “unworthy” victims, “legitimizing” and “meaningless” Third World elections, and devastating critiques of media coverage of the U.S. wars against Indochina—Herman and Chomsky draw on decades of criticism and research to propose a Propaganda Model to explain the medias behavior and performance. Their new introduction updates the Propaganda Model and the earlier case studies, and it discusses several other applications. These include the manner in which the media covered the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement and subsequent Mexican financial meltdown of 1994-1995, the medias handling of the protests against the World Trade Organization, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund in 1999 and 2000, and the medias treatment of the chemical industry and its regulation. What emerges from this work is a powerful assessment of how propagandistic the U.S. mass media are, how they systematically fail to live up to their self-image as providers of the kind of information that people need to make sense of the world, and how we can understand their function in a radically new way.

Review:

"Herman of Wharton and Chomsky of MIT lucidly document their argument that America's government and its corporate giants exercise control over what we read, see and hear....A disturbing picture emerges of a news system that panders to the interests of America's privileged and neglects its duties when the concerns of minority groups and the underclass are at stake. First serial to the Progressive." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The overstatements and the weakness in the 'propaganda model' that the authors try to construct are unfortunate, because many of the book's raw-data comparisons are compelling indictments of the news media's role in covering up errors and deceptions in American foreign policy of the past quarter-century." Walter LaFeber, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Manufacturing Consent really is a conspiracy theory....What [they] are right about is that the big-time American press does operate within a fairly narrow range of assumptions, and that it...tends to...reflect what Herman and Chomsky, meaning to be withering, call 'patriotic premises.'" The New Republic

Review:

"The chapters do not all work equally well....Overall, though, 'Manufacturing Consent' succeeds both as brilliant set pieces of reportage, and as a devastating indictment of the 'free press.'" The Nation

Synopsis:

"[A] compelling indictment of the news media's role in covering up errors and deceptions in American foreign policy of the past quarter century."--Walter LaFeber, The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Edward S. Herman is Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Noam Chomsky is Professor, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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NewActiobpd, August 6, 2007 (view all comments by NewActiobpd)
Now more than ever specially with advanced technology and quick electronic transactions across the World, true media needs to be available. Society needs to have dialogue at all levels and social classes of matters that may affect their lives. It is becoming scarier to think Media has become even more of a liar and this could cause society to self-destruct. People since the beggining of time have shaped society and worked to improve it when needed and forged their communities, however now we are having centralized banks and governments along with the Corporate interests Shaping the society and forming it Unnaturally. It will be a matter of time before a new kind of Frankestein problem developes due to Greed and then it may be too later to reverse the damages. All other people since made powerless wont be able to revert or even be able to help in the changing of a negative situation. So, yes this book is extremely relevant to what is going on today and we need to find a solution for its getting worse as each day passes. We have NAU warehouses all over the Nation and task forces h a r m onizing laws for Amexicanada as called in the streets. Is the media insane and not fear that when people discover and even the other parties involved that they were lied to and plans to make these changes even date back to the 50's and done in increments? There are so many lies that I sure hope people just quit buying newspapers or even watch television. ABC is owned by Disney? So what are we getting there Fantasia?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375714498
Author:
Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Author:
Chomsky, Noam
Author:
Herman, Edward S.
Author:
Chomsky, Noam, Et
Location:
New York
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Practical Politics
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Ownership
Subject:
Mass media and propaganda
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Mass media -- Ownership.
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
72-67.
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.23x6.25x1.24 in. 1.42 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Herman of Wharton and Chomsky of MIT lucidly document their argument that America's government and its corporate giants exercise control over what we read, see and hear....A disturbing picture emerges of a news system that panders to the interests of America's privileged and neglects its duties when the concerns of minority groups and the underclass are at stake. First serial to the Progressive."
"Review" by , "The overstatements and the weakness in the 'propaganda model' that the authors try to construct are unfortunate, because many of the book's raw-data comparisons are compelling indictments of the news media's role in covering up errors and deceptions in American foreign policy of the past quarter-century."
"Review" by , "Manufacturing Consent really is a conspiracy theory....What [they] are right about is that the big-time American press does operate within a fairly narrow range of assumptions, and that it...tends to...reflect what Herman and Chomsky, meaning to be withering, call 'patriotic premises.'"
"Review" by , "The chapters do not all work equally well....Overall, though, 'Manufacturing Consent' succeeds both as brilliant set pieces of reportage, and as a devastating indictment of the 'free press.'"
"Synopsis" by , "[A] compelling indictment of the news media's role in covering up errors and deceptions in American foreign policy of the past quarter century."--Walter LaFeber, The New York Times Book Review
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