Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

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Pantheon Books, 2002 - Social Science - 412 pages
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In this pathbreaking work, now with a new introduction, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense of justice, in their actual practice they defend the economic, social, and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, the state, and the global order.

Based on a series of case studies—including the media’s dichotomous treatment of “worthy” versus “unworthy” victims, “legitimizing” and “meaningless” Third World elections, and devastating critiques of media coverage of the U.S. wars against Indochina—Herman and Chomsky draw on decades of criticism and research to propose a Propaganda Model to explain the media’s behavior and performance. Their new introduction updates the Propaganda Model and the earlier case studies, and it discusses several other applications. These include the manner in which the media covered the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement and subsequent Mexican financial meltdown of 1994-1995, the media’s handling of the protests against the World Trade Organization, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund in 1999 and 2000, and the media’s treatment of the chemical industry and its regulation. What emerges from this work is a powerful assessment of how propagandistic the U.S. mass media are, how they systematically fail to live up to their self-image as providers of the kind of information that people need to make sense of the world, and how we can understand their function in a radically new way.
 

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User Review  - Sheng Peng - Goodreads

Thesis is shocking, yet clear and well supported by data presented. The book may appear to be outdated but is actually more apt than ever, as opined in the afterword of the 20th anniversary edition. Worth reading, the abundance of data and evidence might be hard to plow through though. Read full review

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obligatory read for anyone who consumes news. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
xi
Preface
lix
Worthy and Unworthy Victims
37
FreeMarket
143
Vietnam 169
168
Laos and Cambodia
253
Conclusions
297
Appendix 2
313
Notes
331
Index
395
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About the author (2002)

Edward S. Herman is Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Noam Chomsky is Professor, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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