NOAM CHOMSKY – The 5 Filters of the Mass Media Machine

Original Source: Al Jazeera

Based on Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman’s 1988 treatise, Manufacturing Consent, this is arguably the best sub-5 minute summary of how the mass media machine operates you’re likely to find.

3 thoughts on “NOAM CHOMSKY – The 5 Filters of the Mass Media Machine

  1. The video should be its own rebuttal – it exists and is available to an unrestricted viewership.

    If its purported filters are effective, THE CITIZENRY ITSELF IS AT FAULT.

    There have been many tomes written about the weaknesses of democracy (“Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.” – Alexis de Tocqueville – “Democracy in America”).


    1. Good point, RD. I largely agree. As many enlightenment figures said, a functioning democractic system necesitates a well educated electorate that actively participates in the governing process.


  2. Don, No matter our sociopolitical convictions and resultant prescription for remediation, all could agree, I think, that U.S. educational is not doing well. The family makeup of various subcultures is eroding (the family has been the most relied on socializer of children, heretofore) and under deliberate assault by various narcissistic ideo-political groups. Burgeoning information is overwhelming realistic attempts to remain reasonably well informed among those of us who even suspect it’s important.

    Those factors (besides maybe living too long) inform my fatalistic pessimism.

    I believe (not infallible, in case I have disciples unknown) that existentialism is the best compass for my life.

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