Propaganda and Control of the Public Mind | AK PressFor me, that person is Professor Noam Chomsky: linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, logician, social critic, political activist, and author of over books. Politics, the news, and political campaigns like Brexit will never seem the same again. I suspect this is because we know exactly what a democracy is not: North Korea or Nazi Germany for example. Chomsky begins Media Control with two counterposing definitions of democracy. Out of these, which sounds more like a democracy to you? Democracy version 1: The public must be allowed to participate in a meaningful way in the management of their own affairs, and the means of information are open and free. Democracy version 2: The public must be barred from managing their own affairs, and the means of information are kept narrowly and rigidly controlled.
Propaganda and the Public Mind
The mass media serve as a system for communicating messages and symbols to the general populace. It is their function to amuse, entertain, and inform, and to inculcate individuals with the values, beliefs, and codes of behavior that will integrate them into the institutional structures of the larger society. In a world of concentrated wealth and major conflicts of class interest, to fulfill this role requires systematic propaganda. In countries where the levers of power are in the hands of a state bureaucracy, the monopolistic control over the media, often supplemented by official censorship, makes it clear that the media serve the ends of a dominant elite. It is much more difficult to see a propaganda system at work where the media are private and formal censorship is absent.
See a Problem?
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book.
This banner text can have markup. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. The issue is whether we want to live in a free soci ety or whether we want to live under what amounts to form of self-imposed totalitarianism, with the bewildere herd marginalized, directed elsewhere, terrified, screar ing patriotic slogans, fearing for their lives and admirint with awe the leader who saved them from destruction, while the educated masses goose-step on command anc repeat the slogans they're supposed to repeat and the society deteriorates at home. We end up serving as a mer- cenary enforcer state, hoping that others are going to pa us to smash up the world All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, by any means, including mechanical, electric, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher. Propaganda — United States.
And it's not a new war, its an old war. Furthermore, its a class-conscious war, everywhere, but, specifically in the United States, where there happens to be a very free country, but which happens to have a highly class-conscious business-class, and always has. And it's very free and open, so youve got a lot of information about it. They talk, you have the records, and they have long seen themselves as fighting a bitter class war, except that they dont allow anybody else to know about it. Occasionally someone else gets the news.