Manufacturing Consent revisited

A Listening Post special marking 30 years since the publication of Manufacturing Consent and its relevance today. Al Jazeera Dec 22, 2018 There is an exquisite and oft-quoted moment in an interview between BBC journalist Andrew Marr and Noam Chomsky in which Marr asks: “How can you know that I’m self-censoring?”. “I’m not saying you’re … Continue reading Manufacturing Consent revisited

Thirty Years After Manufacturing Consent, How Mass Media Keeps Thought Inbounds

The Fairway by Matt Taibbi Preface: An Interview with Noam Chomsky Ask the average liberal arts graduate about Dr. Noam Chomsky and one of the first comments is likely to involve his presentation. Despite being one of the world’s leading experts in linguistics, he has a reputation for being a dull intellectual – someone “known … Continue reading Thirty Years After Manufacturing Consent, How Mass Media Keeps Thought Inbounds

Manufacturing Truth

by CJ Hopkins Consent Factory December 3, 2018 If you’re one of the millions of human beings who, despite a preponderance of evidence to the contrary, still believe there is such a thing as “the truth,” you might not want to read this essay. Seriously, it can be extremely upsetting when you discover that there is … Continue reading Manufacturing Truth

How American Mass Media Poisons Us with Hate

Chris Hedges interviews Matt Taibbi  Truthdig edited by O Society June 11, 2019 In the latest episode of “On Contact,” host and Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges sits down with Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone for a two-part series on American media, which Hedges calls a “purveyor of hate.” They explore the ways in which Fox News … Continue reading How American Mass Media Poisons Us with Hate

You’re Never Too Old To Learn Something Stupid

by O Society March 25, 2019 One of our readers has this emotional reaction to the Mueller report’s failure to indict Donald Trump on charges of Russian collusion: “Moral of the story: Never believe anything in the NYTimes or WAPO or CNN or MSNBC or ABC or NBC or CBS. Fox news had it right … Continue reading You’re Never Too Old To Learn Something Stupid

You Can Lead a Horse to Water, but You Cannot Keep a Herd of Sheep from Going to Slaughter

by O Society Mar 11, 2019 “Mind-monkey” 心猿 “Intention-horse” 意馬 Google Translate: 心猿意馬 = Xinyuanyima = “monkey mind thought horse” = “distracted; indecisive; restless” The ape swings from tree to tree; put the horse back in its stall image: Gibbons and Horses 10th century Song You can lead a horse to water; but you cannot … Continue reading You Can Lead a Horse to Water, but You Cannot Keep a Herd of Sheep from Going to Slaughter

Noam Chomsky: Alternative Media Are Extraordinarily Useful, But Under Attack From Silicon Valley’s Advertising Model

by Robert Hackett, National Observer February 23, 2019 he elegant simplicity of his campus office — a small round table with several straight-backed chairs, a laptop on an uncluttered desk — contrasts with his reputation as one of the world’s leading public intellectuals. Now aged 90, Noam Chomsky continues to write, and is co-teaching a course … Continue reading Noam Chomsky: Alternative Media Are Extraordinarily Useful, But Under Attack From Silicon Valley’s Advertising Model

BuzzFeed’s big scoop and the media’s giant factual loophole

Call them “four-sourced clovers” – unverifiable scoops. by Matt Taibbi Hate Inc Jan 19, 2019 On Friday, January 18, Special Counsel Robert Mueller took the unusual step of releasing a statement essentially shooting down the latest “bombshell” in the Russiagate story, which had been released by BuzzFeed earlier that day. The BuzzFeed story said Donald … Continue reading BuzzFeed’s big scoop and the media’s giant factual loophole

Putin Asks And Trump Delivers – A List Of All The Good Things Trump Did For Russia

by O Society Jan 16, 2019 Someone pointed us towards this article: All Signs Point the Same Way:  Vladimir Putin Has Compromising Information of Donald Trump” by Tom Nichols in USA Today. Nichols’ thesis is Trump often takes the same positions Putin takes. Examples include: 1.  Russia did not interfere in the U.S. election; 2.  The … Continue reading Putin Asks And Trump Delivers – A List Of All The Good Things Trump Did For Russia

The Big Liars

by O Society Jan 15, 2019 “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important … Continue reading The Big Liars