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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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Australia | Finland | Norway | Canada

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

Even though the filmmakers were told they couldn't take video within the New York Times Building, about 12 minutes of "guerrilla footage" was shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[title card: They who have put out the peoples eyes reproach them of their blindness. - John Milton, 1642. ]
EMTV video host: Three, two, one, take two. Good morning!... My name is Kevin Flook, and I'm your video host all day here at EMTV.
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This film is intended to encourage discussion about media and democracy See more »

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Features Green Card (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

People Get Ready
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Courtesy of Curtom Records
Performed by Four The Moment
Courtesy Jam Productions Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
© Warner Chappell Music Inc.
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Manufacturing One Of The Best Documentaries Ever
24 March 2001 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

The film makers, Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick, achieve the seemingly impossible by turning Noam Chomsky's dry political theories and persona into a fascinating, entertaining movie, and all on a presumably tight budget. If you want to gain insight into the workings of the US media system then this movie will give you some food for thought. Hardly surprising then that Hollywood did not award them an Oscar for this, even thought they sure would have deserved one.


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