Necessary Illusions

Necessary Illusions : Thought Control in Democratic Societies

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`A towering intellect ... powerful, always provocative.' Guardian

`A superb polemicist who combines fluency of language with a formidable intellect.' Observer

`Must be read by everyone concerned with public affairs.' Edward Said

Necessary Illusions explodes the myth of an independent media, intent on uncovering the truth at any cost. Noam Chomsky demonstrates that, in practice, the media in the developed world serve the interests of state and corporate power - despite protestations to the contrary. While individual journalists strive to abide by high standards of professionalism and integrity in their work, their paymasters - the media corporations - ultimately decide what we view, hear and read.

Rigorously documented, Necessary Illusions continues Chomsky's celebrated tradition of profoundly insightful indictments of US foreign and domestic institutions and tears away the veneer of propaganda that portrays the media as the servant of free speech and democracy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0745303803
  • 9780745303802
  • 1,059,076

Table of contents

Democracy & the Media



Containing the Enemy



Bounds of the Expressible



Adjuncts of Government



Utility of Interpretations



Five Detailed Appendices
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'A superb polemicist who combines fluency of language with a formidable intellect.' Observer 'Must be read by everyone concerned with public affairs.' Edward Said
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About Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in history and has profoundly shaped contemporary understanding of American politics. An ally of anarcho-syndicalists the world over, he has authored numerous books on linguistics, history and politics. He is Institute Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT, and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona.
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