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Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

Herman, Edward S. & Noam Chomsky

1988, January 1

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In this pathbreaking work, 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.

Where to Find Resource Online

The 2002 edition of this book can be purchased online:

     Barnes & Noble


A digital version of the book is also freely available:

     Internet Archive

Free PDF download link below.


Manufacturing Consent 25 Years Later — interview of Edward Herman in 2013:

Source link to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC_4OUK74iY

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media – Feature Film

Manufacturing Consent explores the political life and ideas of world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist Noam Chomsky. Through a collage of biography, archival material and various graphics and illustrations, Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick’s 22-award-winning documentary highlights Chomsky’s probing analysis of mass media and his critique of the forces at work behind the daily news.

Source link to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuwmWnphqII

PDF Document

Free downloadable PDF version:

     Manufacturing Consent

Greater Context

To read more about propaganda and perception management, check out the following resource pages:

     Propaganda by Edward Bernays

     The Century of the Self documentary

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