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The Truth About Modern Media: "Manufacturing Consent"- Noam Chomsky & Blowback

The history of the past century has proven that the mainstream media will protect the interests of the “1%”; this is typically done, as it is brilliantly revealed by MIT professor Noam Chomsky, through a process of “Manufacturing Consent” in which “the media serve, and propagandize on behalf of, the powerful societal interests that control and finance them.”[1] Once sources of influence (the people that buy ads) are recognized, the randomness of media coverage becomes simple.

Chomsky explains how since the combining and buying out of big media corporations have resulted in a startling monopolization of power. In 1983, fifty giant firms controlled almost every type of mass communication. By 1990, further centralization, (massive deals, and rapid globalization) condensed these corporations into twenty-three giants, and by the final publication of his book in 2002, nine behemoths of centralized interest remained: Disney, AOL-TIME-Warner, Viacom (owner of CBS), News Corporation, Bertelsmann, General Electric (owner of NBC), Sony, AT&T-Liberty Media, and Vivendi Universal. The scary part is this: When the vast majority of the world’s information is distributed by a monopoly of interest, then we only get what they want us to know.

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“Entertainment has the merit not only of being better suited to helping sell goods; it is an effective vehicle for hidden ideological messages. Furthermore, in a system of high and growing inequality, entertainment is the contemporary equivalent of the Roman “games of the circus” that diverts the public from politics and generates a political apathy that is helpful to preservation of the status quo… The public is not sovereign over the media—the owners and managers, seeking ads, decide what is to be offered, and the public must choose among these.”