Noam Chomsky and the Manufacturing Consent.

On: November 7, 2007
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ChomskyNoam Chomsky goes into the way print and electronic journalism tacitly and often willingly further the agendas of the powerful (media institutions as ABC and the New York Times). The centerpiece of the film, arguably, is a long examination into the history of the New York Times’ coverage of Indonesia’s cruelty-ridden occupation of East Timor, reportage that (as Chomsky shows us) was absolutely in lock step with the government’s unwillingness to be critical.

In this film, the NRC Handelsblad (newspaper) organizes a forum in Groningen in 1988, where Chomsky and Frits Bolkestein (conservative) debate in whether the media criticism of Chomsky is prophetical or paranoia. Chomsky claims the existence of filters within the American media. Bolkestein accused Chomsky of naïtivity and paranoia: “it’s a boys dream, it’s all conspiracy theory”.

You can view the video here, but the quality is terrible. So you can also download the documantary in reasonable quality here if you want.

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3 Responses to “Noam Chomsky and the Manufacturing Consent.”
  • November 10, 2007 at 2:47 am

    ohhh, The Chom.

    I discovered him about a year ago as well and have since then been vigorously watching documentaries and so on. He really sparked my interest for international politics because he is able to show theres a kind of sense to everything, a method to the madness.

    Ive tried documenting my travels through the realms of politics and religion since then. If you have similar interests, check out this page, where ive aggregated torrents and online vids alike:

    I can wholeheartedly recommend anything by Adam Curtis who is a very very clever brit.

  • November 10, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    I am not really familiar with Adam Curtis’ television work, but I will go into that asap.
    Can you compare his work to Michael Moore?
    “The manufactering consent” does sometimes have the same retoric as Michael Moore’s stuff. Just a little bit more subtle, though.

  • November 27, 2007 at 9:16 am

    The difference between Moore and The Chom is that The Chom is not a documentary maker or a sensationalist. He is also an academic, having produced 74 (!) books on political stuff (usually world politics)

    Manufacturing Consent is a documentary made by other people (by Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick, see IMDB) and Chomsky didnt have a hand in the editing and so on. If you read the manufacture of consent you’ll see that it’s a well thought out academic book.

    You can see Manufacturing Dissent (a docu about Moore) and compare it with Chomsky’s biography and you’ll find that the differences between the two are glaring; in personality, goals, method and more.

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