Noam Chomskyas backpocket classic on wartime propaganda and opinion control begins by asserting two models of democracyaone in which the public actively participates, and one in which the public is manipulated and controlled. According to Chomsky, qpropaganda is to democracy as the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state, q and the mass media is the primary vehicle for delivering propaganda in the United States. From an examination of how Woodrow Wilsonas Creel Commission qsucceeded, within six months, in turning a pacifist population into a hysterical, war-mongering population, q to Bush Sr.'s war on Iraq, Chomsky examines how the mass media and public relations industries have been used as propaganda to generate public support for going to war. Chomsky further touches on how the modern public relations industry has been influenced by Walter Lippmannas theory of qspectator democracy, q in which the public is seen as a qbewildered herdq that needs to be directed, not empowered; and how the public relations industry in the United States focuses on qcontrolling the public mind, q and not on informing it. Media Control is an invaluable primer on the secret workings of disinformation in democratic societies. From the Audiobook Download edition.Media Control is an invaluable primer on the secret workings of disinformation in democratic societies. From the Audiobook Download edition.
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