The Political Economy of the Mass Media
An updated, twentieth anniversary edition of the classic dissection of modern mass media, reissued to coincide with Chomsky's 80th birthday.
Contrary to the usual image of the press as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in its search for truth, Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky depict how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets of the news. They skillfully dissect the way in which the marketplace and the economics of publishing significantly shape the news. They reveal how issues are framed and topics chosen. What emerges from this pathbreaking work is an account of just how propagandistic our mass media are, and how we can learn ro read them and see their funtion in a radically new way.
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