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Noam Chomsky and the Media
A film by Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick
In an energetic fusion of images and ideas, Manufacturing Consent explores the political life and ideas of the controversial author, linguistic scholar, radical philosopher and activist, Noam Chomsky.
Using new and original interviews, archive footage, playful graphics and outrageous illustrations Manufacturing Consent provocatively and entertainingly highlights Chomsky's analysis of the media, focusing on democratic societies where populations are not disciplined by force but are subjected to more subtle forms of ideological control.
Mark Arhbar (The Corporation) and Peter Wintonick encourage viewers to question the film's own workings, like Chomsky himself encourages listeners to extricate themselves from this web of deceit by undertaking a course of intellectual self-defence.
Canada | 1992 | colour, and black and white | English language with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 167 + 215 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | 2-disc set |
Region 2 DVD
Even the editor of the Times looks lost for words when Chomsky demonsrates how every single occurance of US supported attrocities in East Timor were whitewashed by the mainstream media. Not one time, or ten times, but thousands of times, every time.
Although people like to shout 'conspiracy theory' at anything of this way of thinking, it is quite adeptly researched. As Chomsky remarks at one point in the film 'the mudslinger always wins.'
No, there isn't a room of people deciding what goes out across national media, just a set of unwritten rules which you don't get very far in your career without. Any common sense can tell you that a journalist who criticises US foreign policy powerfully, (rightly or wrongly) the way some do, won't be very popular. On the other hand, one who does the same to official enemies, will be duely rewarded.
There is no conspiracy, there is no paranoia, there is just what really happens, and how we can try to understand that in context of real power.
Look at it with an open mind, and see the way that you look at the world change.