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Discussion: Chomsky on the media

Date and Time: 
Sunday, October 2, 2011 -
1:00am to 5:00am

Informed by watching Chomsky's film 'Manufacturing Consent' two weeks previously, this discussion will also be introduced by a short talk. You'll get more out of it if you read the articles below, but you're still welcome to come along if you haven't done the readings or seen the film.


Essential reading

The preface and first chapter of Manufacturing Consent. It's about 35 pages long. Copies available at Jura Books.

Alternately, if participants in the reading group aren't able to access this text Chomsky's book Necessary Illusions, on a similar theme, is online. The first chapter 'Democracy and the Media' could be read instead of the extract from Manufacturing Consent. http://books.zcommunications.org/chomsky/ni/ni-contents.html

The interview 'On Media Criticism' - http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/19950321.htm

Extra Reading

In the Australian context - Australian sociologist Alex Carey wrote the essay 'The Ideological Management Industry' - http://web.archive.org/web/20070829231251/http://www.agitprop.org.au/lef...

More recently, the journalist Peter Manning wrote the book Us and Them, critiquing Islamaphobia in the Australian press.

If you really want to do some more reading:

Several pieces from the Lenin's Tomb blog on the Murdoch empire in Britian, which also explores whether the Chomsky/Herman propaganda model stands up in the British context today - Ruling Britannia parts 1 -3 http://leninology.blogspot.com/2011/07/ruling-brittania-i.html http://leninology.blogspot.com/2011/07/ruling-britannia-ii.html