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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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Credited cast:
... Himself - Interviewer
Karin Aguilar-San Juan ... Herself - South End Collective
Paul Andrews ... Himself - The Seattle Times
... Himself (archive footage) (as William F. Buckley Jr.)
... Himself
Robert Faurisson ... Himself
... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Jeff Hansen ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Loie Hayes ... Herself - South End Collective
Edward S. Herman ... Himself
Arnold Kohen ... Himself - Journalist
... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
Yossi Olmert ... Himself - Tel Aviv University (archive footage)
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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6 November 1992 (Australia)  »

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Chomsky, les médias et les illusions nécessaires  »

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

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Referenced in The Corporation (2003) See more »

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The Music of Cambodia
Recordings (1967-68)
by Jacques Brunet
With permission of The International Music Council
Editors of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music
Éditeur Générale - Alain Daniélou
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Maybe not the best documentary, but surely one of the most thought-provoking films ever.
11 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Manufacturing Consent attempts to teach deep social, political and philosophical studies with mainstream and sometimes simplistic filmmaking that edges on a PowerPoint visual aids strategy. But... it works! The movie is not necessarily targeting MIT intelligentsia, but the people-in-the-street that the same media depicted in the film are aiming at. If you liked the movie, or if it just left you wondering, read the book! The film and/or the book will probably be worth your time... more, anyway, than any Hollywood littering the screens nowadays. In this day and age of political and social polarization, of media playing the role of king-makers (or king-slayers), of discussions of the very existence or relevancy of democracy in a highly mediated and influenced political climate, Chomsky's suggestions are as timely as ever.


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