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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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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 »

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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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For Emile de Antonio and the people of East Timor See more »

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Features ABC News Nightline (1980) See more »

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O Superman
(for Massenet)
Written by Laurie Anderson
Performed by Laurie Anderson, Roma Baran, Perry Hobe
Courtesy of One Ten Records
© 1982 Difficult Music (BMI)
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products - WEA
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Put on your thinking caps
26 December 2002 | by enmussakSee all my reviews

Chomsky is one of my heroes, so I am a little biased. I consider myself a moderate, and I see Chomsky as a transcendent of politics. He spouts the truth, and tries to decipher incredibly complex institutional interactions. This doc will make you think about the world you live in like you've never thought about it before, being led by one of the premier thinkers of our time. Chomsky will be remembered far beyond the present, a true maverick and one of the few people intelligent enough to address societal and institutional ills and be right close to 100% of the time.

Do NOT dismiss Chomsky because you think he's a lefty nut. He's not a pre-Bowling for Columbine Michael Moore. Noam Chomsky is a distinguished intellectual in the truest sense with a near 100% accuracy in placing his words properly in sentences. When you hear him speak, try to focus on how clearly and concisely his ideas are discussed. Then look into his eyes and take note of his demeanor. A human body does not suit a mind like his. This documentary is a must for truth seekers and lefties. It is long, but you can watch it in parts. If you wanna have a great discussion, watch it with one or two other people. Its inevitable. 10/10


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