Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

Synopsis: 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 the United States populous. The key example for this analysis is 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.
Production: New Video Group
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What's more dangerous:

The big stick of the big lie?

Governments have used both

against their own people.

Tonight I'll be talking with a man

who has been thinking about

how we can see the developing lie.

He says that propaganda is to democracy

what violence is to a dictatorship.

But he hasn't lost faith in the power of

common people to speak up for the truth.

You have said that we live

entangled in webs of endless deceit,

that we live in a highly indoctrinated society,

where elementary truths are easily buried.

Elementary truths such as...

Such as the fact

that we invaded South Vietnam.

Or that we're standing in the way of significant,

and have for years,

of significant moves towards arms negotiation.

Or the fact that the military system

is to a substantial extent,

not totally, but to a substantial extent,

a mechanism by which the general population

is compelled to provide a subsidy

to high-technology industry.

Since they're not going to do it if you ask them

to, you have to deceive them into doing it.

There are many truths like that.

We don't face them.

Do you believe in common sense?


I believe in Cartesian common sense.

I think people have the capacities to see

through the deceit in which they're ensnared.

But you got to make the effort.

It seems a little incongruous

to hear a man from the ivory tower

of Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

a scholar... a distinguished linguistics scholar,

talk about common people

with such appreciation.

I think scholarship, at least the field I work in,

has the opposite consequences.

My own studies in language and human

cognition demonstrate to me, at least,

what remarkable creativity

ordinary people have.

The very fact that people talk to one another

just in a normal way, nothing particularly fancy,

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