Propaganda and the Public Mind

Narrated by: Brian Jones
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
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Renowned interviewer David Barsamian showcases his unique access to Chomsky's thinking on a number of topics of contemporary and historical import. Chomsky offers insights into the institutions that shape the public mind in the service of power and profit.

In an interview conducted after the important November 1999 "Battle in Seattle", Chomsky discusses prospects for building a movement to challenge corporate domination of the media, the environment, and even our private lives. Whether discussing US military escalation in Colombia, attacks on Social Security, or growing inequality worldwide, Chomsky shows how ordinary people, if they work together, have the power to make meaningful change.

©2001 Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Letting the Facts Speak for Themselves

Noam Chomsky has been talking about the mechanisms of propaganda and manufactured outrage for a very long time. If you want deeper insights, this is where to turn.

In this series of talks with David Barsamian, we hear a real discussion with an utter lack of punditry. Chomsky has said that he is not a charismatic speaker, and is not interested in persuading people, but that he helps people persuade themselves.

He wants to tell you what he thinks, but not what you should think. As critical thinkers, we can distinguish between statements of opinion and fact. You may not agree with Mr. Chomsky that the US is the greatest threat to world peace, but his facts are incontrovertible. He goes over what was omitted in the media regarding Central America and Viet Nam, as well as what was submitted for broadcast news.

Brian Jones is a clear and animated narrator. He keeps the voices of Chomsky and Barsamian distinct, and even adds a bit of the charisma that Mr. Chomsky says he lacks.

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Incredibly Revealing

As a Vietnam veteran I was educated as to "why we fought". Certainly not for reasons we were told. Chomsky's diverse knowledge reveals something for everyone.

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Must hear

absolutely instrumental, specifically for the current state of affairs that we are living through.

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Excellent followup to Manufacturing Consent

This book is a series of interviews from the late 90’s with Chomsky, primarily updating his examples of US backed terror, compliant media that manufactures consent for aggressive wars, and the capitalist culture of toxic competition. I recommend reading Manufacturing Consent first, because that has the sources and test cases for his views on self-censorship in the media, but this is a good summary of Chomsky’s political views.

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My eyes are opened...

I learned so much more than I was expecting to. I am inspired to do more research.

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Jaw dropping

Enlightened by Chomsky.
Light bulbs in my head kept turning on and on.
Incredible perspective of the mechanics and institutions that rule our lives.

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