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 SaidNecessary 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
  • 134 x 212 x 24mm | 521.64g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0745303803
  • 9780745303802
  • 1,007,563

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 a world renowned linguist and one of America's foremost social critics. He is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at M.I.T. He is the author of numerous books, including Pirates and Emperors Old and New, Fateful Triangle, The New Military Humanism: Lessons from Kosovo and Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs.
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