2000 Z Media Institue Seminar
Each June, at Woods Hole on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the Z Media Institute is convened by Z Magazine to bring together media activists to network, learn new media skills and hear some of the most important voices on the progressive left. Training covers general political education, organization building, activism and radical media work. This is Chomsky’s morning and afternoon seminar and evening lecture, an informal give-and-take with students on a wide variety of topics including Ben Bagdikian and The Media Monopoly, media case studies on Korea, My Lai and the Middle East, why the sixties are reviled, the PR industry, education, tenure, NPR and a detailed account of current trends in global capitalism, world trade and international relations. June 12, 2000.
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. His contributions to modern linguistics are legendary. 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.” The New Statesman calls him “the conscience of the American people.” He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. At 93, he is still active; writing and giving interviews to the media all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, his latest are Consequences of Capitalism, Chronicles of Dissent and Notes on Resistance.