Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media Description:

i Librarian s note There are Alternate Cover Editions for this edition of this book a href https www goodreads com book show here title here rel nofollow here a and a href https www goodreads com book show here title here rel nofollow here a i br br 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 br br Based on a series of case studies including the media s 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 media s 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 the media s handling of the protests against the World Trade Organization World Bank and International Monetary Fund in and and the media s 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

Rating: 3.74 out of 5

Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance Description:

From the world s foremost intellectual activist an irrefutable analysis of America s pursuit of total domination amp the catastrophic consequences that are sure to follow br The USA is in the process of staking out not just the globe but the last unarmed spot in the neighborhood the heavens as a militarized sphere of influence Earth amp its skies are for the Bush administration the final frontiers of imperial control i Hegemony or Survival i investigates how we came to this what kind of peril we re in amp why rulers are willing to jeopardize the future of our species With his trademark logic Chomsky dissects the quest for global supremacy tracking the government s aggressive pursuit of policies intended to achieve full spectrum dominance at any cost He lays out how the various strands of policy militarization of space the ballistic missile defense program unilateralism dismantling of international agreements amp the response to the Iraqi crisis cohere in a hegemonic drive threatening survival In our era he argues empire is a recipe for an earthly wasteland Lucid rigorous fully documented i Hegemony or Survival i promises to be his most urgent amp sweeping work in years certain to spark widespread debate

Rating: 3.36 out of 5

Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky

Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky Description:

The best of Chomsky s recent talks on the past present and future of the politics of power In a series of enlightening and wide ranging discussions all published here for the first time Chomsky radically reinterprets the events of the past three decades covering topics from foreign policy during Vietnam to the decline of welfare under the Clinton administration

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy

Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy Description:

div div div b It s hard to imagine any American reading this book and not seeing his country in a new and deeply troubling light i The New York Times Book Review i b div div br The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene militarily against failed states around the globe In this much anticipated follow up to his international bestseller i Hegemony or Survival i Noam Chomsky turns the tables showing how the United States itself shares features with other failed states suffering from a severe democratic deficit eschewing domestic and international law and adopting policies that increasingly endanger its own citizens and the world Exploring the latest developments in U S foreign and domestic policy Chomsky reveals Washington s plans to further militarize the planet greatly increasing the risks of nuclear war He also assesses the dangerous consequences of the occupation of Iraq documents Washington s self exemption from international norms including the Geneva conventions and the Kyoto Protocol and examines how the U S electoral system is designed to eliminate genuine political alternatives impeding any meaningful democracy div div br Forceful lucid and meticulously documented i Failed States i offers a comprehensive analysis of a global superpower that has long claimed the right to reshape other nations while its own democratic institutions are in severe crisis Systematically dismantling the United States pretense of being the world s arbiter of democracy i Failed States i is Chomsky s most focused and urgent critique to date div div div

Rating: 3.29 out of 5

Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order

Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order Description:

In Profit Over People Noam Chomsky takes on neoliberalism the pro corporate system of economic and political policies presently waging a form of class war worldwide By examining the contradictions between the democratic and market principles proclaimed by those in power and those actually practiced Chomsky critiques the tyranny of the few that restricts the public arena and enacts policies that vastly increase private wealth often with complete disregard for social and ecological consequences Combining detailed historical examples and uncompromising criticism Chomsky offers a profound sense of hope that social activism can reclaim people s rights as citizens rather than as consumers redefining democracy as a global movement not a global market

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda

Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda Description:

Noam Chomsky s backpocket classic on wartime propaganda and opinion control begins by asserting two models of democracy one in which the public actively participates and one in which the public is manipulated and controlled According to Chomsky propaganda is to democracy as the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state and the mass media is the primary vehicle for delivering propaganda in the United States From an examination of how Woodrow Wilson s Creel Commission succeeded within six months in turning a pacifist population into a hysterical war mongering population to Bush Sr s war on Iraq Chomsky examines how the mass media and public relations industries have been used as propaganda to generate public support for going to war Chomsky further touches on how the modern public relations industry has been influenced by Walter Lippmann s theory of spectator democracy in which the public is seen as a bewildered herd that needs to be directed not empowered and how the public relations industry in the United States focuses on controlling the public mind and not on informing it Media Control is an invaluable primer on the secret workings of disinformation in democratic societies br br br i From the Audiobook Download edition i

Rating: 3.79 out of 5

On Anarchism

On Anarchism Description:

We all know what Noam Chomsky is against His scathing analysis of everything that s wrong with our society reaches more and more people every day His brilliant critiques of among other things capitalism imperialism domestic repression and government propaganda have become mini publishing industries unto themselves But in this flood of publishing and republishing very little ever gets said about what exactly Chomsky stands for his own personal politics his vision of the future br br Not that is until i Chomsky on Anarchism i a groundbreaking new book that shows a different side of this best selling author the anarchist principles that have guided him since he was a teenager This collection of Chomsky s essays and inter views includes numerous pieces that have never been published before as well as rare material that first saw the light of day in hard to find pamphlets and anarchist periodicals Taken together they paint a fresh picture of Chomsky showing his lifelong involvement with the anarchist community his constant commitment to nonhierarchical models of political organization and his hopes for a future world without rulers br br For anyone who s been touched by Chomsky s trenchant analysis of our current situation as well as anyone looking for an intelligent and coherent discussion of anarchism itself look no further than i Chomsky on Anarchism i br br b Noam Chomsky b is one of the world s leading intellectuals the father of modern linguistics an outspoken media and foreign policy critic and tireless activist He lives in Boston Massachusetts

Rating: 3.70 out of 5

9-11

9-11 Description:

In Noam Chomsky comments on the September th attacks the new war on terrorism Osama bin Laden U S involvement with Afghanistan media control and the long term implications of America s military attacks abroad Informed by his deep understanding of the gravity of these issues and the global stakes demonstrates Chomsky s impeccable knowledge of U S foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia and sheds light on the rapidly shifting balance of world power Speaking out against escalating violence Chomsky critically examines the United States own foreign policy record and considers what international institutions might be employed against underground networks and national states accused of terrorism s analysis still stands as a measure of how well the media is able to serve its role of informing the citizenry so crucial to our democracy in times of war

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

The Chomsky - Foucault Debate: On Human Nature

The Chomsky - Foucault Debate: On Human Nature Description:

Two of the twentieth century s most influential thinkers debate a perennial question br In at the height of the Vietnam War and at a time of great political and social instability two of the world s leading intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault were invited by Dutch philosopher Fons Edlers to debate an age old question is there such a thing as innate human nature independent of our experiences and external influences br The resulting dialogue is one of the most original provocative and spontaneous exchanges to have occurred between contemporary philosophers and above all serves as a concise introduction to their basic theories What begins as a philosophical argument rooted in linguistics Chomsky and the theory of knowledge Foucault soon evolves into a broader discussion encompassing a wide range of topics from science history and behaviorism to creativity freedom and the struggle for justice in the realm of politics br In addition to the debate itself this volume features a newly written introduction by noted Foucault scholar John Rajchman and includes additional text by Noam Chomsky

Rating: 3.65 out of 5

Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World

Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World Description:

div b In this first collection of interviews since the br bestselling our foremost intellectual activist examines crucial new questions of U S foreign policy b br br Timely urgent and powerfully elucidating this important volume of previously unpublished interviews conducted by award winning radio journalist David Barsamian features Noam Chomsky discussing America s policies in an increasingly unstable world With his famous insight lucidity and redoubtable grasp of history Chomsky offers his views on the invasion and occupation of Iraq the doctrine of preemptive strikes against so called rogue states and the prospects of the second Bush administration warning of the growing threat to international peace posed by the U S drive for domination In his inimitable style Chomsky also dissects the propaganda system that fabricates a mythic past and airbrushes inconvenient facts out of history br br Barsamian recipient of the ACLU s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism has conducted more interviews and radio broadcasts with Chomsky than has any other journalist Enriched by their unique rapport Imperial Ambitions explores topics Chomsky has never before discussed among them the presidential campaign and election the future of Social Security and the increasing threat including devastating weather patterns of global warming The result is an illuminating dialogue with one of the leading thinkers of our time and a startling picture of the turbulent times in which we live br br br div

Rating: 3.53 out of 5