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Summary

In his 1988 CBC Massey Lecture, Noam Chomsky inquires into the nature of the media in a political system where the population cannot be disciplined by force and thus must be subjected to more subtle forms of ideological control. Specific cases are illustrated in detail, using the U.S. media primarily but also media in other societies. Chomsky considers how the media might be democratized (as part of the general problem of developing more democratic institutions) in order to offer citizens broader and more meaningful participation in social and political life.

©1989 Noam Chomsky (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Machine Learner
  • 18-04-17

Challenging even for radical minds

Every so often I come across a book that changes the way I see the world. I'm still seeing the same things in the media, but now I have a constant awareness of the potential missing facts in a story. It won't eliminate the box, but it should help you think outside of it.

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  • R. Kuprov
  • 14-04-17

Seminal work ruined by a terrible performance.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend a paper version. The audio book's narrator will put anyone to sleep. Slow. Inexpressive.

Would you recommend Necessary Illusions to your friends? Why or why not?

The contents of the book, yes. Paper version.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Stillwell?

Anyone else! Robin Bloodworth did a great job with Noam's work. I'd recommend Robin to redo all of the Chomsky's books on Audible.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's hard to say. The book was nigh unbearable to watch. Buying the paper version.

Any additional comments?

Kevin Stillwell does no favors to Chomsky's work.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • 14-06-17

Changed my life

What did you love best about Necessary Illusions?

Its linear nature. The subject is a convoluted one but the author makes it easy to grasp what he's offering.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

It's a plot twist on your life! I saw one review that said this book was "thought control," but it's just the opposite. This book will give you the tools needed to identify "thought control" when you see it, allowing you to form a worldview that is consistent with reality.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book left me with a strong feeling of injustice. I think about its implications daily.

Any additional comments?

You don't know what you don't know. If you live in the west, especially the US, the importance of this book can't be stressed enough.

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  • James Paul Bruner
  • 13-12-17

Where do we go from here??

Love this book, the information sheds light on the Empire of the US, and how this pseudo-democracy uses clandestine activity to remain an empire without competition. Stifling those who speak out against the US. Destroying communities, countries and indigenous people in the name of “spreading Freedom and Democracy” when in truth, only exploiting human beings and our environment, enslaving humanity to more and more technology and confining us to toxicity on all levels...
As a member of the masses.... When will enough be enough???

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  • Matthew
  • 05-06-17

This book IS THOUGHT CONTROL..

Any additional comments?

The author is using thought shaping to channel you to his interpretations of events given in this book. It is not an objective analysis of the events or times in history covered. The author has an obvious bias.

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