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Activism and the Media

Program #CHON038. Recorded in Nanaimo, BC on January 27, 1989.

What are the issues faced by alternative media sources, and how can these be overcome? How does the mainstream media function, and what are its goals? In this discussion with Canadian media activists, Noam Chomsky uses his own experiences to provide some insight into these questions and others about media, and activism in general.

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Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky, by any measure, has led a most extraordinary life. In one index he is ranked as the eighth most cited person in history, right up there with Aristotle, Shakespeare, Marx, Plato and Freud. The legendary MIT professor practically invented modern linguistics. In addition to his pioneering work in that field he has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for many decades. Chris Hedges says he is “America’s greatest intellectual” who “makes the powerful, as well as their liberal apologists, deeply uncomfortable.” At 87, he still gives lectures all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, including Propaganda & the Public Mind, How the World Works, and Power Systems with David Barsamian.

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