Magazine article New Internationalist

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky & the Media

Magazine article New Internationalist

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky & the Media

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That 'Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive' should be a good reason to make a movie about him. How this claim was made by the New York Times, coupled with the fact that he is not that well known precisely because major media such as the Times tend to exclude him are among the intriguing anecdotes in the film Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media. However, the film is significantly more than a collection of anecdotes. The five years of serious effort that two Canadian film - makers, Peter Wintonick and Mark Achbar, put into producing and directing this 160 - minute opus have resulted in much more than just another documentary.

An instant and natural hit among those who have read Necessary Illusions, Deterring Democracy, or his current work Year 501: The Conquest Continues, this film may also serve as an introduction for those who have never heard of Chomsky. Hardly a blockbuster -- in fact containing both subtle and explicit criticism of mass entertainment itself -- the film has definitely crossed over in North America from the documentary and art - house circuit. …

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