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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media.

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media--a two-part decumentary by Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick, produced by Necessary illusions and the National Film Board of Canada--uses clever film footage and artful editing to tell the story of Chomsky's political life and thought. In one scene, Chomsky talks about professional sports and "mindless jingoism" on a giant screen in the Astrodome as football players do calisthenics on the field below. There are some wonderful clips from a television show with William F. Buckley, whose preening condescension contrasts sharply with Chomsky's quietly persuasive arguments. And a series of sound bites edited together neatly illustrates how the evening news shapes opinion by dumbing-down important stories. The genocide in East Timor, and its lack of coverage in the U.S. press, also receive a thorough treatment. Nothing in the film will come as a complete surprise to long-time Progressive readers. But it is fun to watch.

Manufacturing Consent opens in New York City on March 17, at the Film Forum, and will show at theaters around the country in April and May.
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Publication:The Progressive
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Date:Apr 1, 1993
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