Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies

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South End Press, 1989 - Political Science - 422 pages
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This is an essential introduction to the "propaganda model" of media analysis. Chomsky offers a message of hope, reminding us that resistance is possible, necessary and effective.

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You would think a linguist would be a better writer. - Goodreads
A "necessary" compendium to "manufacturing consent." - Goodreads
Both countries represent opposing sides of depiction. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Benjamin - Goodreads

Excellent as always, listened on Audiobook, not Chomsky's voice. This one is concerned more with Chomsky's propaganda model and understanding the complicity of the media in manufacturing consent ... Read full review

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User Review  - Xiaojie Johan - Goodreads

A descriptive and eye-popping observation of "necessary illusions" in fully industrialized Western societies. Read full review

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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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