Media, Knowledge and Objectivity
Program #CHON088.Telephone interview
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Media & Consumer Capitalism
Rene Descartes, the 17th century French philosopher once said, “I think, therefore I am.” In today’s context it may be more like, I buy therefore I am. Orchestrated wants driven...
We all almost automatically think of ourselves as somehow evolved and enlightened and free from bias. Hey, I look at someone and judge that person on the merits of his...
The Hidden Ideology of the Mass Media
Mass media are owned by huge corporations that have a definite ideological agenda. Yet it is a staple verging on dogma that the mass media are independent, objective and liberal....
Terrorism & the Media
The use of the word terrorism by politicians and the corporate media is highly refined and selective. September 11 is the event that defines the term. Acts of violence by...
Bridging the Media Gaps
The political establishment determines the boundaries of conventional discourse. So typically mainstream media debates revolve around: How many troops are required for Afghanistan? Or should drone attacks on Pakistan be...
Advertising and the End of the World
It's no accident that the rise of modern advertising coincides with the rise of mass production. As capitalism became better and better at making more and more stuff, it required...
A vibrant media is the oxygen of a living democracy. When the media are dominated by a handful of big corporations, citizens of a democracy are on a respirator gasping...
Inventing Reality: The Politics of the Mass Media
U.S. Media as Propaganda System
2 CDs No description.
The New Media Monopoly
In 1983 there were 50 corporations that controlled the media in the U.S. Today that number is down to 5. What does that portend for democracy and the information needs...
Noam Chomsky, John Stockwell
A Critique of the Christic Institute Case
A Journalist From Mars
Recorded at FAIR's 15th anniversary celebration at New York's Town Hall. Introductions by FAIR founder Jeff Cohen and TV talk show host Donahue. In a great talk, Chomsky in his...
War & the Media
When the U.S. marches to war, the media march with it. The din of collateral language rises to cacophonous levels. The mobilization and ubiquity of present and past high-ranking military...
The Problem of the Media
Poor, black, and suffering Americans. These are the images that flashed across TV screens in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Reporters asked why there was no help for people who...
Anthony Arnove, Janine Jackson
American Empire & Corporate Media
Hermann Goering, second in command to Hitler said, "Naturally, the common people don't want war. It is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a...
Culture, Language, Media & Meaning
Culture is an area of conflict and contention. Supposedly top Nazi Hermann Goering once said, "Whenever I hear the word 'culture' I reach for my gun." In the U.S. in...
Energy, Environment and the Media
Daniel Schorr looks at how the media are able and unable to direct public attention to energy and environmental issues. Schorr traces the changes that have occurred in media coverage...
The Myth of the Liberal Media
One of the central tenets of contemporary political discourse is that the media are liberal. Well-paid pundits from wealthy conservative foundations and think tanks produce a steady drumbeat alleging liberal...
Media Representations of Women
Images of women are produced in Madison Avenue advertising agencies and then refracted through the prism of media. Feel-good lines like, "You've come a long way baby," and "Never underestimate...
Corporate Media & the Threat to Democracy
"Information," Jefferson told us, "is the currency of democracy." What is the impact on democracy when currency is owned, printed, packaged and distributed by a handful of megacorporations? Corporate control...
The Lapdog Function of the Media
Media Coverage of the Middle East
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is drenched in distortion, myths and half-truths. Basic facts about UN resolutions, the Oslo peace process and what happened at Camp David are barely known. The media...
Media and Politics
Media Concentration: Peril to Democracy
Information is the currency of democracy, said Thomas Jefferson. He and the founding fathers reasoned that an informed citizenry is crucial to the functioning of democracy. A pluralism of views...
Independent Media in a Time of War
Millions of people are taking to the streets around the world to say no to war. Half a million recently protested in New York City alone. But who are these...
Edward Herman, John Stockwell
Media and Disinformation
Edward Herman, Jane Hunter, John Stockwell speak on a panel at the Institute for Media Analysis conference at Harvard.
Media Matters: Monopolies, Pacifica, NPR & PBS
2 CDs Robert McChesney talks about the corporatization of the newsroom, monopolies and mergers, NPR, PBS and Pacifica. McChesney also explains the exponential growth of trash media at the expense...
Media, Propaganda and Democracy
5 CDs This powerful 5-part collection of Chomsky's Massey Lectures aired on CBC Radio, and also includes a Q&A with journalists.
Activism and the Media
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...
2001 Z Media Institute Seminar
Chomsky's latest foray at the Z Media Institute 2001. His almost usual off-the-cuff tour de force. Two seminars and a lecture covering such topics as terrorism - theirs and ours,...
The Mainstream Media: Watchdog or Lapdog?
The Media Manufacturing Consent
Jeff Cohen is Executive Director of FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), a media watch group based in New York. FAIR has published stinging reports on Nightline and MacNeil/Lehrer. FAIR...
Media and Organizing
The power and reach of media are enormous and growing. A crucial question to ask is: Who are the media? Increasingly, they are large corporations that depend on other corporations,...
Ben Bagdikian, Norman Solomon
Two respected media scholars hold forth.
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
2 CDs No description.
The Media and the Environment
The public's perception and understanding of environmental issues, be they oil tanker spills, rain forests or spotted owls, are largely shaped and formed by the media. How and why are...
Trash Media: The Tabloidization of the News
Once upon a time sleaze stories were associated with the likes of the National Enquirer. They would confront you while you were in line at supermarket checkout counters. Now, sexcapades,...
Toward a Democratic Media
The Media Monopoly
Ben Bagdikian describes the growing concentration of media ownership in the U.S. and how it is increasingly determining the news we read, hear and see. He discerns a "steady pattern...
Inside the Media Monopoly
The concentration of the media into fewer and fewer Multinational corporations is one of the major developments of this era. What hundreds of millions of people around the world see,...
Journalism & the Media Monopoly
When the first edition of The Media Monopoly came out in 1983, critics called Ben Bagdikian's warnings about the growth of corporate control of media "alarmist." Since then,corporate ownership of media has...
Navigating the Media
In the wake of reports of plagiarism and story fabrications, public confidence in the media is at an all-time low. Mergers continue. Monopoly control is accelerating. More and more cities...
The Media: And Then There Were Six
Interview. 2 CDs The first edition of Bagdikian's classic The Media Monopoly identified 50 corporations that controlled the media. In subsequent editions the number went from 29 to 23 to...
David Barsamian, Erwin Knoll, Saul Landau
Media Treatment of Arabs and Islam
Presented in the wake of Gulf War 1, this insightful lecture touches on the machinations of Bush Sr.'s war propaganda. It is a timely and haunting reminder of propaganda's proven...
The Gulf War and the Media
Media Coverage of the Gulf War
Many Americans have a strong sense that they are not getting the real news. Walter Cronkite has publicly complained about media manipulation. Jeff Cohen, Executive Director of FAIR (Fairness and...