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Is mass media nonetheless ‘manufacturing consent’ within the web age?


The ebook Manufacturing Consent (1988) by Noam Chomsky and David S Herman aimed to upend the notion of Western media as a drive for public good. Reasonably than serving as an important examine on energy and a supply of dependable info, they argued, the mass media existed to maintain and shield energy, making media establishments of the ‘free world’ little higher than authorities propaganda channels of dictatorships. Aided by some actually unusual and creative visuals from the filmmaker Pierangelo Pirak, this transient animation for the Al Jazeera TV programme The Listening Submit describes the 5 media ‘filters’ that, per Chomsky and Herman, finally decide what’s offered to the general public as information. A landmark work, Manufacturing Consent has been endlessly debated and reevaluated within the 30-plus years since its launch. Mirrored on as we speak, its arguments increase fascinating questions on how the media has and hasn’t modified for the reason that daybreak of the web age.

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