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Noam Chomsky and his view about the Mass-Media (Federica De Giorgi)

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Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, logician, political critic and activist. He has worked for over fifty years as a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of over a hundred of books and he has mainly written about politics and mass media. He is considered to be one of the most cited source and he has been claimed to be the “world’s top public intellectual”.

 In his writings he claims that the purpose of the mass media is to deliver messages and symbols to the audience. The mass media has the main role of entertaining and informing, but it also spreads values, codes of conduct in order to make the population adapt and fit into the society they belong to. But often the mass media are under a monopolistic control which shows to serve the interests of dominant elites.

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Manufacturing Consent: The Poltical Economy of Mass Media (Betty Mattei)

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Manufacturing Consent: the Political Economy of Mass Media by Edward S. Herman and Naom Chomsky is a 1988 analysis of American mass media, describing the effects of news media on the functions of democracy. In Manufacturing Consent Chomsky develops the propaganda model with ‘five filters’ or five elements that distort and work to control– inovertly, as Chomsky argues– the mass media. Continue reading