Five Filters

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Politics and Public Administration
POL 128
Hartt Laurinda

Review of the Chomsky-Herman Five Filters In 1988, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, in their book Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, offered an institutional analysis of the mainstream American (U.S.) news media, in the form of what they called a Propaganda Model in which they cited and explored that filtering process of news as a function of the institutional workings of the media as an industry. The Five Filters that function as the key elements of this model have inspired many others around the world to evolve their own list of filters (e.g. S. Brooks in Canada). Here are the original 5 as discussed by L. Hartt-Fournier in Politics and Film (POL128 Secs. 011 and 021, CPOL128 and CPOL218). Read these over and after a breif in-class review, be prepared to apply them to your viewing experience of the film Good Night and Good Luck (George Clooney, 2004). Spaces are left for your notes and for examples from the film that you can supply during or after the screening. The filters are named in BOLD; the notes are LHFs. Even when the book was re-publi
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