Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda [NOOK Book]

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Noam Chomsky’s backpocket classic on wartime propaganda and opinion control begins by asserting two models of democracy—one in which the public actively participates, and one in which the public is manipulated and controlled. According to Chomsky, "propaganda is to democracy as the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state," and the mass media is the primary vehicle for delivering propaganda in the United States. From an examination of how Woodrow Wilson’s Creel Commission "succeeded, within six months, in turning a ...
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Overview

Noam Chomsky’s backpocket classic on wartime propaganda and opinion control begins by asserting two models of democracy—one in which the public actively participates, and one in which the public is manipulated and controlled. According to Chomsky, "propaganda is to democracy as the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state," and the mass media is the primary vehicle for delivering propaganda in the United States. From an examination of how Woodrow Wilson’s Creel Commission "succeeded, within six months, in turning a pacifist population into a hysterical, war-mongering population," to Bush Sr.'s war on Iraq, Chomsky examines how the mass media and public relations industries have been used as propaganda to generate public support for going to war. Chomsky further touches on how the modern public relations industry has been influenced by Walter Lippmann’s theory of "spectator democracy," in which the public is seen as a "bewildered herd" that needs to be directed, not empowered; and how the public relations industry in the United States focuses on "controlling the public mind," and not on informing it. Media Control is an invaluable primer on the secret workings of disinformation in democratic societies.


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Beginning with the Creel Commission, the Woodrow Wilson-appointed committee that turned isolationist America into a war-hungry machine, master political analyst Noam Chomsky traces the history of American propaganda. Part of the Open Media Pamphlet Series. Size A. 64 pp. Author tour. Targeted ads.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609800154
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Series: Open Media Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 271,696
  • File size: 175 KB

Meet the Author

NOAM CHOMSKY is known throughout the world for his political and philosophical writings as well as for his groundbreaking linguistics work. He has taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1955 and remains one of America's most uncompromising voices of dissent.


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Table of Contents

Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda 9
Early History of Propaganda 11
Spectator Democracy 14
Public Relations 22
Engineering Opinion 30
Representation As Reality 35
Dissident Culture 38
Parade of Enemies 42
Selective Perception 46
The Gulf War 53
The Journalist From Mars 69
About the Author 101
About Seven Stories Press 101
About Open Media Pamphlets and Books 102
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2003

    i'm sorry noam

    i'm sorry noam! you are truely a brillant man; but you are really off target. i have to respect your incredible intellect, but you have managed to write a bunch of truely irrational ideas. The facts on Saddam Hussein are wrong, and I also doubt he is fighting for justice and dislikes conflict.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2003

    Noam Chomsky just may be one of the only sane people left...

    Noam Chomsky is truly one of the most profoundly insightful intellectuals we have in this crazy day and age. Putting into perspective a world that doesn't make sense, alot of people have a hard time accepting the horrible facts as what they are, indisputable truths. Read it, then decide for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    this really is Johnathan Alkire

    great book!!!! Mr. Chomsky has opened my eyes once again!! That other review in my name was not written by me!!!.I loved this book, and I look up to Noam even more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2003

    A Wonderful Introduction to Chomsky

    Noam Chomsky has been telling it like it is since the early days of the Vietnam War. Media Control is a wonderful introduction to the professor's ideas. You can always expect ot get a history lesson with Prof. Chomsky, and the history of Propaganda in the United States is an insightful one. His arguments are sound and not just based on assumption. As Chomsky writes frequently, don't just trust him, look it up yourself. Think for yourself. This little book is a great way to start.

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