Manufacturing consent

the political economy of the mass media

Paperback, 412 pages

English language

Published Dec. 3, 1994 by Vintage.

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978-0-09-953311-5
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Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media is a 1988 book by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky. It argues that the mass communication media of the U.S. "are effective and powerful ideological institutions that carry out a system-supportive propaganda function, by reliance on market forces, internalized assumptions, and self-censorship, and without overt coercion", by means of the propaganda model of communication. The title refers to consent of the governed, and derives from the phrase "the manufacture of consent" used by Walter Lippmann in Public Opinion (1922). The book was honored with the Orwell Award. A 2002 revision takes account of developments such as the fall of the Soviet Union. A 2009 interview with the authors notes the effects of the internet on the propaganda model.

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It is an engaging read, I wish there was some kind of academic project to see where we are at in 2019 and onwards with the data points brought up inside the book.

As others have noted the intellectuals, Chomsky & Herman, failed to illustrate an internal logic and thus have neither a theory or a working model for their ideas contained herein.

Nonetheless, they bring up a collection of interesting case studies and points. I hope someday this is developed into a working theory. Right now, I'd call it a conjecture.

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4 stars

Even though the internet has changed the balance of power in media reporting and information dissemination since the era of the 20th century US gangster imperialism analysed in the work, what has not changed is the liberal intellectuals' and mainstream media organisations' service to causes of the Empire. They have never had potent arguments against Chomsky and others' analyses of their role, and reading about their actions that aided the military-industrial complex's rampant pillaging in the name of global power and corporate profits is important.

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Subjects

  • Mass media -- Political aspects -- United States
  • World politics -- 1975-1985
  • World politics -- 1985-1995
  • Public opinion -- United States
  • Mass media -- United States -- Objectivity

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