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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 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 more knowledgeable person and much less prone to having your beliefs manipulated as easily as the press. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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. The authors identify the forces that they contend make the national media propagandisticthe major three being the motivation for profit through ad revenue, the media's close links to and often ownership by corporations, and their acceptance of information from biased sources. In five case studies, the writers show how TV, newspapers and radio distort world events. For example, the authors maintain that "it would have been very difficult for the Guatemalan government to murder tens of thousands over the past decade if the U.S. press had provided the kind of coverage they gave to the difficulties of Andrei Sakharov or the murder of Jerzy Popieluszko in Poland." Such allegations would be routine were it not for the excellent research behind this book's controversial charges. Extensive evidence is calmly presented, and in the end an indictment against the guardians of our freedoms is substantiated. 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.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
One of my top 5 reads of the year. I highly recommend reading this.Published 5 months ago by Zach Pajtasz
"Manufacturing Consent" is repetitious and thin on content: it covers media treatment of elections in Central America and the Vietnam war. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ogilvie
Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent is not what I would consider an exciting read. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2011 by Cornelius
Is the media free? According to this book by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, it is far from free. Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by T. Hooper
Ever since the term 'ideology' appears in the wake of the French Revolution its implications have haunted modernity (although an equal case could be made that it springs from the... Read morePublished on May 16 2004 by John C. Landon
The title and subtitle are misleading: this is not a book about the impact of media on the public or about the internal structures of the media. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by razetheladder
This book, along with the Godfather, is what inspired me to study Political Science at UCLA. His thesis, that the American Media is a mouthpiece for corporate and pentagon... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2003 by Ron Bassilian