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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)

A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda.
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Credited cast:
Mark Achbar ... Self - Interviewer
Karin Aguilar-San Juan Karin Aguilar-San Juan ... Self - South End Collective
Paul Andrews Paul Andrews ... Self - The Seattle Times
William F. Buckley ... Self (archive footage) (as William F. Buckley Jr.)
Noam Chomsky ... Self
Robert Faurisson Robert Faurisson ... Self
Jeff Greenfield ... Self (voice) (archive footage)
Jeff Hansen Jeff Hansen ... Self (voice) (archive footage)
Loie Hayes Loie Hayes ... Self - South End Collective
Edward S. Herman Edward S. Herman ... Self
Arnold Kohen Arnold Kohen ... Self - Journalist
Robert MacNeil ... Self (voice) (archive footage)
Bill Moyers ... Self (archive footage)
Yossi Olmert Yossi Olmert ... Self - Tel Aviv University (archive footage)
Lydia Sargent Lydia Sargent ... Self - Z Magazine
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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 their populations. The key examples featured for this analysis are 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. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The "Non-Corporate News" sequence where Chomsky speaks in "real time" while the other TVs are accelerated, was shot by an animator. The forty-second sequence took six weeks of prep and was done in one fifteen-hour take. See more »


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17 November 2004 | by gpviauSee all my reviews

Plain and simple, this was a good movie. At first blush, one may want to say, "Oh, it's kind of like Farenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore". Well, sure - you could say that. But you'll quickly see that this isn't an attack on a president or an administration or a wealthy family. Rather, it's a film that outlines the propaganda machine among all of our media channels (radio, TV, print, etc.)

It's long at 2 hours and 45 minutes, but it's worth it. It will make you think about why you think something, and make you realize that propaganda isn't something that happens in other countries. We do a great job of it here in the U.S.

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6 November 1992 (Australia) See more »

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