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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

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Be sure to set aside some time, not only for watching this nearly three hour film, but also to digest it.  Found on youtube quite easily or on the website of its original distributer zeitgeistfilms.com.  Chomsky appears to wear many hats as a respected professor at MIT, a linguist, Anarchist, intellectual, and family man.  Taking a look at the opinions which have arisen around him regarding his work he is associated with a vast many more labels, some positive, some negative.

Televised around the world, reviewed, and discussed at length, the power of this film to change not only the outlook but also the actions of it’s viewers is not to be trifled with.  While receiving mainly positive reviews from international sources it seems to have been somewhat overlooked and brushed aside by the American Media.  Not surprising given the tone of the movie itself as it follows Chomsky’s investigation of key events which were either mishandled or swept under the rug as being “not fit to print.”  A decision which  as he mentions is repeated regularly enough that it can’t be interpreted any other way then intentional.

While throughly examining the American sense of democracy, the undertones through the film itself go much deeper and heavier then one may find themselves able to readily process without some extensive analyzation.  What we hear is not only a critique of the selective filtration of information which is made available to the general public, but also thoughts on what is wrong with a system which proclaims itself to be that of a free people led by a democratic government, while allowing private control of public resources, and continuing the indoctrination of it’s people through propaganda.

Chomsky shares not only his thoughts and beliefs on the current system, but also his opinion in regards to positive steps that should be taken by the general public to bring about changes necessary for what could be our survival itself.

Chomsky’s reaction to the film appears to have been a somewhat mixed review which should be read immediately following watching the film as his thoughts are crucial to really understanding the points he tries to get across.  In the interview there is a dialogue regarding the effects the film has had not only on his own world but that of the world around him.  Mark Achbar, one of the creators of the film is also present during the interview which can be found along with a host of articles, letters, and other writings on Chomsky.info.

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