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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)

A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mark Achbar ... Himself - Interviewer
Karin Aguilar-San Juan Karin Aguilar-San Juan ... Herself - South End Collective
Paul Andrews Paul Andrews ... Himself - The Seattle Times
William F. Buckley ... Himself (archive footage) (as William F. Buckley Jr.)
Noam Chomsky ... Himself
Robert Faurisson Robert Faurisson ... Himself
Jeff Greenfield ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Jeff Hansen Jeff Hansen ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Loie Hayes Loie Hayes ... Herself - South End Collective
Edward S. Herman Edward S. Herman ... Himself
Arnold Kohen Arnold Kohen ... Himself - Journalist
Robert MacNeil ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Bill Moyers ... Himself (archive footage)
Yossi Olmert Yossi Olmert ... Himself - Tel Aviv University (archive footage)
Lydia Sargent Lydia Sargent ... Herself - Z Magazine
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This film showcases Noam Chomsky, one of America's leading linguists and political dissidents. It also illustrates his message of how government and big media businesses cooperate to produce an effective propaganda machine in order to manipulate the opinions of their populations. The key examples featured for this analysis are the simultaneous events of the massive coverage of the communist atrocities of Khmer Rouge regime of Cambodia and the suppression of news of the US supported Indonesian invasion and subjugation of East Timor. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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A Primer In Intellectual Self-Defense


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English

Release Date:

6 November 1992 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Chomsky, les médias et les illusions nécessaires See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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The film took five years to complete. Its credits acknowledge efforts and support of over 300 people and organizations. Crews shot in 23 cities in 7 countries over a period of 4 years. The film was edited from over 120 hours of original and archival footage. Archival images were culled from 185 sources. [from an insert] A statistic: In North America there are: 7 major movie studios and more than 1,800 daily newspapers, 11,000 magazines, 11,000 radio stations, 2,000 TV stations, 2,500 book publishers. 23 corporations own and control over 50% of the business in each medium. In some cases they have a virtual monopoly. See more »

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[title card: They who have put out the peoples eyes reproach them of their blindness. - John Milton, 1642. ]
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Canadian and U.S. copyright laws allow "fair dealing" and "fair use" of a copyrighted work for purposes such as comment, criticism, reporting, teaching, scholarship, research, review and quotation. See more »

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Referenced in The Corporation (2003) See more »

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For What It's Worth
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Buffalo Springfield
Produced by Charles Greene and Brian Stone
Courtesy of Ten East Music, Springalo & Cotillion (BMI)
Published by Warner-Tamerlan Publishing Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
© Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
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Required Viewing for every citizen in the Free World
31 July 2001 | by aurora7_athenaSee all my reviews

This movie, like the title suggests is required viewing for every single person living in the free world. Not many movies can claim to start political and grass-roots movements but this one has.

If you value your intelligence, if you don't believe a pre-fabricated word of what the media machine throws at you, if you want to fight to keep your intellect alive and your own individual thinking original, if you are sick and tired of how this world is NOW and passionately want to change it for the better, then this movie is for you. The movie and accompanying book claim to be primers in intellectual self-defense, which they certainly are but beyond that, they also serve to showcase the many talents of linguist/political dissident/writer/philosopher/professor Noam Chomsky.

I'm surprised the movie didn't win a Best Documentary Oscar, which it certainly should have, perhaps more than anything it just goes to show you that the contents of this movie probably strike too close to home and make the media elite squirm in their seats.

Take 3 hours off some Sunday afternoon instead of watching the football game and WATCH THIS MOVIE, you won't regret it! The movie leaves you with an immense feeling of hope and a profound sense that each one of us can do something actively and constructively in order to make this a better world to live in. If you're apolitical now and/or politically inactive, you won't be after you watch this movie. Guaranteed.


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