Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky

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Pluto Press, 2001 - Language and languages - 252 pages
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Draws on previously unpublished interviews with one of world's leading thinkers; Chomsky offers an damning critique of the way our perceptions are shaped by global powerbrokers; Shows how ordinary people can work together to break through the propaganda machine; World renowned dissident Noam Chomsky offers insight into the institutions that shape the public mind in the service of power and profit. He discusses a range of issues, including the global growth in inequality and the military escapades of the United States. Chomsky offers hope for the future and shows how ordinary citizens, if they work together, have the power to make meaningful change. This collection draws on interviews with Chomsky that have never before been published.

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User Review  - Arsen Zahray - Goodreads

I don't agree with author's leftist political views, but his insights into propaganda are very interesting Read full review

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User Review  - Claire - Goodreads

Honestly speaking, I don't like dialogue books, even if the topic interests me, and Noam Chomsky is such an important person to know about, besides maybe Plato's Apology. Read full review


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About the author (2001)

David Barsamian is a broadcast journalist and director of Alternative Radio. He is well known for his interviews of Noam Chomsky, which have been collected in several volumes. These include Chronicles of Dissent, Keeping the Rabble in Line: Interviews with David Barsamian, and Class Warfare: Interviews with David Barsamian. His interviews with Edward Said have also been collected, in The Pen and the Sword: Conversations with David Barsamian.

Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 7, 1928. Son of a Russian emigrant who was a Hebrew scholar, Chomsky was exposed at a young age to the study of language and principles of grammar. During the 1940s, he began developing socialist political leanings through his encounters with the New York Jewish intellectual community. Chomsky received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy. He conducted much of his research at Harvard University. In 1955, he began teaching at MIT, eventually holding the Ferrari P. Ward Chair of Modern Language and Linguistics. Today Chomsky is highly regarded as both one of America's most prominent linguists and most notorious social critics and political activists. His academic reputation began with the publication of Syntactic Structures in 1957. Within a decade, he became known as an outspoken intellectual opponent of the Vietnam War. Chomsky has written many books on the links between language, human creativity, and intelligence, including Language and Mind (1967) and Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin, and Use (1985). He also has written dozens of political analyses, including Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), Chronicles of Dissent (1992), and The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many (1993).

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