Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

Manufacturing Consent The Political Economy of the Mass Media An absolutely brilliant analysis of the ways in which individuals and organizations of the media are influenced to shape the social agendas of knowledge and therefore belief Contrary to the popular

  • Title: Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
  • Author: Noam Chomsky Edward S. Herman
  • ISBN: 9780375714498
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Paperback
  • An absolutely brilliant analysis of the ways in which individuals and organizations of the media are influenced to shape the social agendas of knowledge and, therefore, belief Contrary to the popular conception of members of the press as hard bitten realists doggedly pursuing unpopular truths, Herman and Chomsky prove conclusively that the free market economics model of mAn absolutely brilliant analysis of the ways in which individuals and organizations of the media are influenced to shape the social agendas of knowledge and, therefore, belief Contrary to the popular conception of members of the press as hard bitten realists doggedly pursuing unpopular truths, Herman and Chomsky prove conclusively that the free market economics model of media leads inevitably to normative and narrow reporting Whether or not you ve seen the eye opening movie, buy this book, and you will be a far knowledgeable person and much less prone to having your beliefs manipulated as easily as the press.Length 15 hrs and 24 mins

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    1. I passed up a chance to buy this book some twenty years ago, and have not been able to locate a copy since. It's a shame, because Chomsky talks about how the so-called "free" press is anything but free: they are bent on fabricating news to manufacture consent among the populace to further their corporate agenda. Chomsky describes how this has been done from the Vietnam war to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.This is all the more relevant, as I am physically now witnessing such an exercise. A cor [...]

    2. On the even more intellectual edge of the left, Noam Chomsky has relentlessly fought against the blindness of American foreign policy and how the press manipulates public opinion to endorse and encourage catastrophes such as the Vietnam War (and more recently, the disaster of the two Iraq Wars, the War in Afghanistan, etc.) This book explains how the press (even when it takes a slightly more critical view of events), is still at heart manipulating the truth in service of power. The most recent e [...]

    3. I've been a journalist for 15 years now, and I've often wondered how it is that the mass media in the United States manage to project the image of being defenders of democracy while actually deterring it.Having just read "Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media," by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, I finally understand as thoroughly as I've always wanted to.Where to begin for starters, have you ever heard of worthy and unworthy victims?Did you know that the press was far l [...]

    4. This was one of the books that had a great impact on my life. It's an amazing and comprehensive exploration of the origin, development and operation of the modern media. The authors come at this material from the standpoint that the media functions primarily as a powerful tool for social control. The world view presented in the media is essentially that of the ruling classes and the rest of us plebes are locked out of it all. We are passive consumers of the bullshit being fed to us by large corp [...]

    5. Politicians are like hookers. You can't be one unless you can pretend to like people while you're fucking them. In summary the propaganda model works like this: Bullshit politician with biased information is seen as an expert. Expert gives bullshit to news organization to inform the public. News organization repeats bullshit with cute voices and opinions. We all become stupid, except Chomsky. He writes this book. You read it. Become depressed and kill yourself. I don't think I can do a serious r [...]

    6. If you can slog through it (not that it's written poorly, it's just that the subjects that are covered have, to most people, the intrinsic appeal of lint analysis) you will be rewarded with a new way to look at the mass media and a new framework with which you can apply your own critical analysis.Congratulations.

    7. Smart people wrote this book. I don't say that because it was hard to understand at times (and it was), because that stemmed just from being verbose. I say it took smart people because the amount of data gathered and the analysis to tie to together was quite astounding.The summary of the book is as follows: The US-media is a controlled information relay system (propaganda). The authors set forth a "propaganda model" that they see being employed in our media for decades. It isn't done in a secret [...]

    8. A very thorough, comprehensive account of how "media serve, and propagandize on behalf of, the powerful societal interests that control and finance them."The weak point of the book is that the examples discussed are so old (Laos, Cambodia, Nicaragua, etc) that I doubt the book will be accessible to Gen Y or younger. The 2002 edition I read has a new introduction with more recent discussions, but I think the book needs a complete new edition. Although it's from a pre-internet world it is even mor [...]

    9. In Manufacturing Consent, Herman and Chomsky present an outdated and flawed thesis asserting government and corporate control over mass media to promote a right-wing agenda, yet still makes some valid points regarding propaganda in the media. By cherry-picking a handful of egregious media missteps related to foreign policy, the authors hope to convince readers of the media's complicity in pushing a right-wing corporate/government agenda to deceive the American public.One problem with all this st [...]

    10. I first added this to my 'books to read' list after watching the movie, "Good Will Hunting". I was not disappointed. This book is one of the best, if not the the most well written book I've read. I don't mean to say that the information was so life-altering that I will never be the same. But first and simply, that their sentence structure and flow of thought is clear, engaging and pieced together masterfully. They sift through a lot of information, wading through fact and fabrication that they s [...]

    11. Brilliant analysis by one of the great scientists of all time. Totally refutes the myth of the "liberal media" and secondly, the myth that this (nonexistent) liberal media is responsible for defeat in the Vietnam War. Clarifies that the war was not a mistake but a crime as defined by the Geneva Conventions (and common decency, I might add). Chomsky has consistently pointed out that in poll after poll the American public is well to the left of the supposed "liberal media." Beware of polls with tr [...]

    12. A superb read on the media and the propaganda machine within our so-called "democratic" or "free" society. Meticulously researched and cited this book gave me mental push-ups for about 6 months while I chugged through it. Accessible in some areas, daunting in others, this book has a tremendous amount to offer. Not for the feint of heart. If you haven't read Chomsky before, I'd recommend listening to his lectures and/or reading some of his shorter works. I felt smarter and stupider after finishin [...]

    13. Não estava preparado para este livro gigante. O ponto central é bem importante, mostrar como a mídia serve para passar o conceito que o estado quer apresentar. Retratando uma guerra de maneira parcial, não citando um lado em um debate, tendo dois pesos e duas medidas, etc. O que não esperava é que fossem detalhar tão profundamente cada exemplo citado – Vietnã, troca de governo na Nicarágua e Guatemala, invasão do Camboja, etc. Estou mais acostumado com livros mais recentes e dinâmic [...]

    14. نعوم تشومِسكى يُنظًر للسياسات الأمريكية البشعة المُمثلة فى عدة شعارات مثل "الحرب على الإرهاب" "السيطرة على الإعلام" و كيف تم التلاعب بأبسط المفاهيم لكن لا بأس مع عقل شعبوى مُتحكم فيه من النخبة التى تُغيب الوعى عن عمد "فلنترك لهم مشاهدة التلفاز و نجعل قيمة الحياة تتلخص فى أن يك [...]

    15. Hard to rate. The ideas were great but it was a real slog of a read, so I can't recommend it. Paragraphs like the following were not uncommon:"Meanwhile, because of the power of establishment sources, the flak machines, and anti-Communist ideology, we would anticipate outcries that the worthy victims are being sorely neglected, that the unworthy are treated with excessive and uncritical generosity, that the media's liberal, adversarial (if not subversive) hostility to government explains our dif [...]

    16. listen, i'm disassociating as i write this and it's likely that i was in a similar state of mind half of the times i picked up this book but i'll wipe my own slate. i admit didn't read the entire book, i got up to the part about the pessimistic coverage of the Tet Offensive, so page 240? it was a good book, don't get me wrong. this book is absolutely brimming with quotes, real life events, and references. it's thoroughly researched and in the end that's what made me stop reading it. it's so acad [...]

    17. Interesantísimo análisis de cómo funciona la prensa estadounidense (y por ende, la prensa hegemónica mundial), explicando desde las víctimas dignas o indignas, o exponiendo la doble moral sobre hechos similares o idénticos, perpetrados por amigos o enemigos del régimen. Cuents cómo se construyen relatos que llegan a la mayoría de la población como verdades, solamente eligiendo las historias que contar, los énfasis y pequeñas mentiras o falta de investigación que apoyan el relato ofi [...]

    18. I'm a bit surprised I didn't get around to reading Manufacturing Consent years ago. I suppose I wasn't especially shocked by any of Chomsky's findings or analysis, as a 27 year old who's read a fair number of left texts, but it remains solid, necessary research, and (perhaps borne out of familiarity) I was especially taken by the sections on America's quagmiring of Laos and Cambodia. Yes, at this stage, I am probably the wrong audience, but I know, know, that if I could send it to myself 10 year [...]

    19. For me personally, Noam Chomsky is without a doubt one of the greatest thinkers of our time and this book was simply mindblowing. I would even go as far as saying that this book is probably one of the best books ever produced concerning politics and media.

    20. "In contrast to the standard conception of the media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and their independence of authority, we have spelled out and applied a propaganda model that indeed sees the media as serving a "societal purpose", but not that of enabling the public to assert meaningful control over the political process by providing them with the information needed for the intelligent discharge of political responsibilities. On the contrary, a propaganda m [...]

    21. Обязательно к прочтению для тех, кто хочет хотя бы немного разбираться в современном хаотичном мире, полном противоречащих друг другу заявлений политиков, лживых статей и проплаченных журналистов. Хотя критика идёт с левацких позиций, суть аргументов Хомского и Хермана в [...]

    22. If I'd have just read the first chapter of the book, I would have given it a 3 or 4 star review. But in its entirety, it gets a 2. It is terribly boring, and it isn't the unassailable crown jewel of political literature that so many reviewers make it out to be.First - take all the 4 and 5 star reviews with a grain of salt. Read them, and ask yourself how much sense it makes. Many of the reviews will comment on how brilliant the book is, but will also note that it was difficult to get through. To [...]

    23. One of Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman's more substantial written contributions, Manufacturing Consent details a framework dubbed the "propaganda model," which can determine or explain many factors of media reporting found deficient, biased, or just plain incompetent. I found this book to be a poignant and effective review of a period in which media was supposedly keeping an "adversarial stance" towards those in power -- while the contrary continued to be the case.Even for those who do not believ [...]

    24. One of the very rare critiques of mainstream media, presented by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, ‘Manufacturing Consent’ – has been a path breaking, definitive and objective model against mainstream media institutions. A book widely which is widely acclaimed and read throughout.‘Manufacturing Consent’ is an insightful critique of history, politics and media. However, the most unique style drafted by Noam and Herman, which is worth mentioning, is the usage of the ’propaganda model’ [...]

    25. There's a decent book here about the economic and political environment in which American media operate, but it's confined to the introductory chapters, which describe this idea, and the conclusion, which reiterates and expands upon it. The meat of the book — comprising its "case studies" — seem mainly to be about the atrocities committed by the U.S. government in Latin America and Indochina. These case studies are described in far greater detail than would have been necessary to tie them ba [...]

    26. I picked this book up at the University of Montana Bookstore when I was a bright-eyed, idealistic student. I knew that the world was not working for common people, and this book seemed like it'd preach to the converted nicely. It did.There are lots of pictures of newscasters doing their thing, and Chomsky analyzes what they tell us and how similar it is to other corporate news sources. Today we talk a lot about corporate news but when I read this book in 2001 that wasn't talked about as much.If [...]

    27. Chomsky fans, FYI: Chomsky emphasized Herman's name for a reason (note that the H author appears before the C author.) The reason is that Chomsky helped a bit but it's Ed Herman's book. This was my college reader and the primary focus of my undergraduate years. The academic reviews of this text give a fair indication of the level of tolerance to half assed journalism (and half assed academic research) that exist among our intellectual elite. A must read for any free thinker but beware, they auth [...]

    28. Very compelling book that largely fulfills its objective of exposing how the corporate media is used as a vehicle for propaganda. It provides several well researched examples that it explores in detail, sometimes tediously so--though I recognize that this exercise is necessary in backing up its controversial thesis. If the reader does not want to invest the time for the whole book, I would recommend reading the intro, one of the in depth example chapters, and the conclusion.

    29. I read the first chapter of this book in college, as part of an assignment. I found the thesis profound: state propaganda doesn't necessarily require a conspiracy to control the media. Certain aspects of the media itself can that can end up with the same result, with no state oversight necessary. It gives five such aspects:"The essential ingredients of our propaganda model, or set of news 'filters,' fall under the following headings: (1) the size, concentrated ownership, owner wealth, and profit [...]

    30. I don't get why this book is rated so high. It felt more like a text book than one for a hobby reading. The whole text is presented with such an intense need to be politically correct that the readability is lost.Right in the beginning itself I struggled to make sense of what he's talking about or what he means by something rather than assume my own meanings for every sentence. This went on for quite a a while as I slowly trudged through unfamiliar territory. Later I switched to skimming but thi [...]

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