Philosophy 2730F/G Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky, Lap Dog

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Published on 2 Oct 2012
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Western University
Department
Philosophy
Course
Philosophy 2730F/G
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Manufacturing Consent 10/2/2012 3:16:00 PM
Thought Control in a Democratic Society
The New York Times is the lap dog
o It writes stories that look like they are challenging the status
quo, but they are smuggling in parts of the truth and not
challenging it at all
o Plays an enormous role in shaping history
They may be making story decisions quickly, but they
are making them within some framework to please their
advertisers
Noam Chomsky is not an elitist, he is under the belief that most
humans have an impressive ability to think creatively and recognize
a propaganda machine, but they don’t
The powers are trying to convince the educated class that they
could be one of the powerful, or part of the propaganda machine
Chomsky’s future society states that any inequality, characterized
by one group dominating another group, needs to be justifiable
(parents vs. children)
Two principles of democracy:
o Democracy is the rule of the people who are governed
o Democracy is the rule of the people who are tricking the
people who think they are making their own choices
The wealthy and those who control resources control the news and
western society
A good propaganda machine doesn’t look like a propaganda
machine, it back handedly supports the stories it is about
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They may be making story decisions quickly, but they are making them within some framework to please their advertisers. Noam chomsky is not an elitist, he is under the belief that most humans have an impressive ability to think creatively and recognize a propaganda machine, but they don"t. The powers are trying to convince the educated class that they could be one of the powerful, or part of the propaganda machine. Chomsky"s future society states that any inequality, characterized by one group dominating another group, needs to be justifiable (parents vs. children) Two principles of democracy: democracy is the rule of the people who are governed, democracy is the rule of the people who are tricking the people who think they are making their own choices. The wealthy and those who control resources control the news and western society. A good propaganda machine doesn"t look like a propaganda machine, it back handedly supports the stories it is about.

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