Manufacturing Consent

Manufacturing Consent

The Political Economy of the Mass Media

Book - 1988
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We normally think that the press are cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in its search for truth. In Manufacturing Consent Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky show how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets of the news. Far from challenging established power, the media work hard to discover and mirror its assumptions. The authors skilfully dissect the way in which the marketplace and the economics of publishing significantly shape the news. They reveal how issues are framed and topics chosen, and contrast the double standards underlying accounts of free elections, a free press, and governmental repression. The authors conclude that the modern mass media can best be understood in terms of a 'propaganda model'. News and entertainment companies dedicate themselves to profit within the established system. Their interests require that they support the governing assumptions of state and private power. The propaganda model provokes outrage from journalists, editors and broadcasters, but twenty years after first publication, Manufacturing Consent remains the most important critique of the mass media.

Baker & Taylor
Examines the political role played by the media in shaping events, rather than just reporting on them, and discusses the find distinctions between news and propaganda

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1988
Edition: lst ed
ISBN: 9780394549262
0394549260
9780679720348
0679720340
9780375714498
0375714499
Characteristics: xvi, 412 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Chomsky, Noam
Alternative Title: Manufacturing content

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