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How Concision in Media Insulates Conventional Myths From Meaningful Criticism

This video is a great (and, ironically, concise) explanation of concision in media and how it shields conventional political myths from any meaningful criticism. Worth viewing and sharing. (3 mins)


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Thank you

very much. Have watched Chomsky videos since Ron Paul's wake up call in 2007. This one is a gem.
Agree 100%. A Chomsky Paul debate would be huge.

Dr. Mike Vasovski
South Carolina Campaign Chairman, Ron Paul 2012
The SINGLE vote in the SC delegation for RP, GOP Convention, Tampa, FL
2010 Candidate, US Congress SC-03
Past Chairman, Aiken, SC County Tea Party

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When it comes to media, Frank Zappa said it best ...

... with "I'm the Slime":


I am gross and perverted,
I'm obsessed and deranged
I have existed for years, but very little has changed
I'm the tool of the government
and industry too,
for I am destined to rule, and regulate you ...


Google is government.

"There is no more morality...

in world affairs fundamentally then there were in the times a Genghis Kahn, there are just different factors to contend with...

Interviewer: Noam Chomsky, thank you. (LETS GET THE H OUT OF HERE)"


Good video.


In media analysis, concision is...a term for a form of broadcast media censorship by limiting debate on the rationale of time allotment.

Oh, like what they did to Ron Paul over and over and over again.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Great Video

A quote of McLuhan's comes to mind, something to the effect that television was literally going to suck the brains right out of our heads.

What I love about DP... I'd

What I love about DP... I'd never heard of McLuhan before your comment. Googled him, checking out his stuff now.

Thanks for the reference.

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I love that too

Some of the most profound insights, and interesting nuggets of information have come to me from random, anonymous comments. In fact, that is how I first heard about Ron Paul, back when I was running a proto-DP called Bull! Not Bull.

BTW, I removed the name of the speaker when I bumped your post to the front page. Some people here will reflexively vote this down, say bad things, and not watch simply because the speaker once said something bad about Ron Paul once.

Thank you for posting. It is a great clip. I remember watching this in the mid 90's when in came out, when I was in my late 20's. I believe it is from Manufacturing Consent.

Marshall McLuhan is awesome. And if you like what you read there, someone I think you'll be very interested in will be Neil Postman, especially "Amusing Ourselves to Death."

Published in 1985, long before the internet, it was way ahead of its time. It is what we're living now.

Chomsky vs Ron Paul Debate

It has long been a dream of mine to see a one hour debate between these two great grey hair champions of civil discussion. Topics would be Foreing Policy, Economics (Capitalism&Socialism), Libertarianism (Chomsky calls himself Libertarian Socialist), Civil Liberties, etc. It would be a great and highly interesting debate between Paul and Chomsky.

And if Bill Hicks would still be alive he would be the moderator of the debate. Hicks defined himself sometimes with a phrase: "I am Chomsky with dick jokes."

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

I remember once

I remember once back in the early Nineties I nearly got to ask Chomsky a question live on the air but I chickened out. He was in the CBC Newsworld studios and they were taking calls, I called and got straight through. No one knew who he was. I hadn't taken the time to think of an actual question so I lost my nerve and hung up.

It's hard to imagine now how isolated he was back then, few people read his books. You could always get them from the library, no problem. He was just some obscure intellectual that no one could understand.