Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
In this pathbreaking work, now with a new introduction, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense of justice, in their actual practice they defend the economic, social, and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, the state, and the global order.
Based on a series of case studies — including the media’s dichotomous treatment of “worthy” versus “unworthy” victims, “legitimizing” and “meaningless” Third World elections, and devastating critiques of media coverage of the U.S. wars against Indochina — Herman and Chomsky draw on decades of criticism and research to propose a Propaganda Model to explain the media’s behavior and performance.
Their new introduction updates the Propaganda Model and the earlier case studies, and it discusses several other applications. These include the manner in which the media covered the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement and subsequent Mexican financial meltdown of 1994-1995, the media’s handling of the protests against the World Trade Organization, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund in 1999 and 2000, and the media’s treatment of the chemical industry and its regulation. What emerges from this work is a powerful assessment of how propagandistic the U.S. mass media are, how they systematically fail to live up to their self-image as providers of the kind of information that people need to make sense of the world, and how we can understand their function in a radically new way.
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Pantheon; Reprint edition (January 15, 2002)
Edward S. Herman is professor emeritus of finance at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and has written extensively on economics, political economy, and the media. Among his books are Corporate Control, Corporate Power; The Real Terror Network; The Political Economy of Human Rights (with Noam Chomsky); and Manufacturing Consent (with Noam Chomsky). David Peterson is an independent journalist and researcher based in Chicago.
You will have a much better ability to understand of how the US was and …
This book is essential to understand how the US government/military-industrial complex uses the mainstream media (mostly with their own complicity) to successfully control and manage public opinion to its own agenda for decades- especially in foreign policy. The Propaganda model is still very much in practice today. The evidence, logic and arguments are very thorough and scholarly. You will have a much better ability to understand the truth of what is really happening in the world today eg of how the US was and continues to be the real aggressors in many areas (eg Syria, Ukraine, Russia, Iraq, Libya)
Learned a lot from this classic. The denatured, mainstream media serve the rich and powerful first and foremost and the masses second, if the masses are even in on the charade at all, which is extremely rare and not intended by the design.
I spent twenty five years in the magazine business,so I have a little insight to the “publisher-advertiser” relationship.You never took a position contrary to the advertisers position or cause.You would never show the advertiser’s product in any negative way, in fact, you tended to glorify it. These weren’t written or spoken rules, but you damn well had better follow the unsaid code. Chomsky has it right – the media is for the money and least of all the reader.