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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)

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

Credited cast:
Mark Achbar ... Himself - Interviewer
Karin Aguilar-San Juan Karin Aguilar-San Juan ... Herself - South End Collective
Paul Andrews Paul Andrews ... Himself - The Seattle Times
William F. Buckley ... Himself (archive footage) (as William F. Buckley Jr.)
Noam Chomsky ... Himself
Robert Faurisson Robert Faurisson ... Himself
Jeff Greenfield ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Jeff Hansen Jeff Hansen ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Loie Hayes Loie Hayes ... Herself - South End Collective
Edward S. Herman Edward S. Herman ... Himself
Arnold Kohen Arnold Kohen ... Himself - Journalist
Robert MacNeil ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Bill Moyers ... Himself (archive footage)
Yossi Olmert Yossi Olmert ... Himself - Tel Aviv University (archive footage)
Lydia Sargent Lydia Sargent ... Herself - Z Magazine
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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 their populations. The key examples featured for this analysis are 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1992 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Chomsky, les médias et les illusions nécessaires See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Up until the release of Mark Achbar's film The Corporation (2003), this was the most successful documentary in Canadian history, playing theatrically in over 300 cities worldwide. It won 22 awards and appeared in more than 50 international film festivals. See more »

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[first lines]
[title card: They who have put out the peoples eyes reproach them of their blindness. - John Milton, 1642. ]
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For Emile de Antonio and the people of East Timor See more »

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Features PBS NewsHour (1975) See more »

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For What It's Worth
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Buffalo Springfield
Produced by Charles Greene and Brian Stone
Courtesy of Ten East Music, Springalo & Cotillion (BMI)
Published by Warner-Tamerlan Publishing Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
© Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
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Good, But Takes Too Long to Get to the Point
7 January 2007 | by Saturday8pmSee all my reviews

Having seen Chomsky in other documentaries stoked my desire to pick this one up. Unfortunately, it focuses a bit too much on the cult of personality rather than quickly summing up who this guy is and what he's about. I got trigger-finger after the first 20 minutes of this, but I was glad I didn't surf through the scenes, as I was paid off when it cites the examples the DVD card promised.

Of particular import are the scenes where Chomsky's views are challenged by heads of state and news commentators and clearly shows us why we haven't heard or seen more from this controversial man.

Eventually the viewer gets the full range of Chomsky's purpose, and for that I am glad, I feel the richer for it, I will continue to seek films that he's part of, but I hope those filmmakers, such as those responsible for "The Corporation", will spare me the longwindedness of this film and get to the meat in due time.

Cheers: Questions the integrity of state and corporate sponsored news; we discover how he gets his news.

Caveats: Longwinded ... needs to be edited down by some 20 minutes; bounces around a lot.


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