Monday, January 23, 2012
A little blurry, but here is the full video of Noam Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent, in which he probes the media's role in shaping politics. The companion book was published a few years back by Random House and became a bestseller. I suppose he is the Lefties' answer to Ron Paul -- a shrewd intellectual liberal who has the ability to cut through existing situations, if not always providing the best alternatives.
He gained notoriety when Hugo Chavez plugged his book, Hegemony or Survival, at an UN address in 2006. Chomsky existed on the fringe of mainstream political thought, but that reference thrust him into the limelight. However, that didn't stop him from criticizing Chavez for concentrating too much power in his own hands.
Chomsky's criticism of the mainstream media is largely with the "world view" it promotes, not much unlike the Soviet propaganda machine, only in this case it is largely promoting corporate interests at home and abroad. He takes aim at the way the media covered protests at the World Trade Organization conferences, which were the genesis of the current Occupy Wall Street movements.