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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)

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A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda.

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Paul Andrews ...
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William F. Buckley ...
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Robert Faurisson ...
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Jeff Greenfield ...
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Jeff Hansen ...
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Loie Hayes ...
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Edward S. Herman ...
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Arnold Kohen ...
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Robert MacNeil ...
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Bill Moyers ...
Himself (archive footage)
Yossi Olmert ...
Himself - Tel Aviv University (archive footage)
Lydia Sargent ...
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This film showcases Noam Chomsky, one of America's leading linguists and political dissidents. It also illustrates his message of how government and big media businesses cooperate to produce an effective propaganda machine in order to manipulate the opinions of the United States populous. The key example for this analysis is the simultaneous events of the massive coverage of the communist atrocities of Khmer Rouge regime of Cambodia and the suppression of news of the US supported Indonesian invasion and subjugation of East Timor. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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A Primer In Intellectual Self-Defense


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6 November 1992 (Australia)  »

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Chomsky, les médias et les illusions nécessaires  »

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The film took five years to complete. Its credits acknowledge efforts and support of over 300 people and organizations. Crews shot in 23 cities in 7 countries over a period of 4 years. The film was edited from over 120 hours of original and archival footage. Archival images were culled from 185 sources. [from an insert] A statistic: In North America there are: 7 major movie studios and more than 1,800 daily newspapers, 11,000 magazines, 11,000 radio stations, 2,000 TV stations, 2,500 book publishers. 23 corporations own and control over 50% of the business in each medium. In some cases they have a virtual monopoly. See more »

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[title card: They who have put out the peoples eyes reproach them of their blindness. - John Milton, 1642. ]
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17 November 2004 | by (Media, Pennsylvania - U.S.) – See all my reviews

Plain and simple, this was a good movie. At first blush, one may want to say, "Oh, it's kind of like Farenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore". Well, sure - you could say that. But you'll quickly see that this isn't an attack on a president or an administration or a wealthy family. Rather, it's a film that outlines the propaganda machine among all of our media channels (radio, TV, print, etc.)

It's long at 2 hours and 45 minutes, but it's worth it. It will make you think about why you think something, and make you realize that propaganda isn't something that happens in other countries. We do a great job of it here in the U.S.


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