Necessary Illusions
Thought Control in Democratic Societies

Chomsky, Noam
Publisher:  Anansi, Toronto, Canada
Year First Published:  {12307 Necessary Illusions NECESSARY ILLUSIONS Thought Control in Democratic Societies Chomsky, Noam Anansi Toronto Canada An inquiry into the nature of the media and the role of intellectuals in "a political system where the population cannot be disciplined by force, and thus must be subjected to more subtle forms of ideological control." 1989 1991 424pp $14.95 BC12307-NecessaryIllusion.jpg B Book 0-88784-519-3 P95.8.C56 1991 302.234 Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies contains modified versions of the five 1988 Massey lectures delivered by Noam Chomsky over Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio. The five lectures are sorted into five different chapters, with appendices, divided according to chapter, acting as detailed footnotes. The lectures cover less than half of the book, the greater part of it is devoted to the appendices which include chapters titled "The U.S. and Costa Rican Democracy," "The 'Peace Process' in the Middle East," "The Sanctity of Borders," and "The Media and International Opinion." Overall, the book is an inquiry into the nature of the media and the role of intellectuals 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 examples are given, mostly from the U.S. media but some from media in other societies too. <br> <br>A professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Noam Chomsky is an internationally acclaimed linguistics scholar, author and political radical. The material in this particular book has been motivated by his belief that "citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self-defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control, and to lay the basis for more meaningful democracy". <br> <br>[Abstract by Nabeeha Chaudhary] <br> <br> <br> <br>Table of Contents <br> <br>Preface <br> <br>1. Democracy and the Media <br>2. Containing the Enemy <br>3. The Bounds of the Expressible <br>4. Adjuncts of Government <br>5. The Utility of Interpretations <br> <br>Appendix I <br>1. The Propaganda Model: Some Methodological Considerations <br>2. On Critical Balance <br> <br>Appendix II <br>1. The Containment Doctrine <br>2. The Red Scare <br> <br>Appendix III <br>1. The Sanctity of Borders <br> <br>Appendix IV <br>1. The Craft of "Historical Engineering" <br>2. The Obligation of Silence <br>3. The Summits <br>4. The Media and the International Opinion <br>5. Demolishing the Accords <br> <br>Appendix V <br>1. The U.S. and Costa Rican Democracy <br>2. "The Evil Scourge of Terrorism" <br>3. Heroes and Devils <br>4. The "Peace Process" in the Middle East <br>5. The Best Defense <br>6. La Prensa and its Colleagues <br>7. "The Courage to Preserve Civil Liberties" <br>8. The Continuing Struggle <br> <br>Notes <br>Index CX6447 1 true true false CX6447.htm [0xc00045cd80 0xc0006dd560 0xc00084be00 0xc000b7e6f0 0xc000b7fd10 0xc000c7f740 0xc00063e330 0xc0008bf290 0xc000b5ad50 0xc000406960 0xc000b637d0 0xc000cfaf60 0xc0012622a0 0xc0013d06f0 0xc0013ef020 0xc0006a48a0 0xc0012fbb30 0xc0015ac810 0xc00029b020 0xc000411c80 0xc00058ce70 0xc0006168a0 0xc000617a70 0xc00062e750 0xc000648a50 0xc00067d1a0 0xc000773e60 0xc0007ca240 0xc00154f170 0xc001570420 0xc001571440 0xc001571fb0 0xc00158c360 0xc00158cde0 0xc001622ae0 0xc001bc3350 0xc001cf7290 0xc001e32600 0xc001e33a40 0xc000c3b8c0 0xc000f64f60 0xc001af85d0 0xc002274de0 0xc0003861b0 0xc001552e70 0xc00162a390 0xc001d7e6c0] Cx}
Year Published:  1991
Pages:  424pp   Price:  $14.95   ISBN:  0-88784-519-3
Library of Congress Number:  P95.8.C56 1991   Dewey:  302.234
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX6447

An inquiry into the nature of the media and the role of intellectuals in "a political system where the population cannot be disciplined by force, and thus must be subjected to more subtle forms of ideological control."

Abstract: 
Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies contains modified versions of the five 1988 Massey lectures delivered by Noam Chomsky over Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio. The five lectures are sorted into five different chapters, with appendices, divided according to chapter, acting as detailed footnotes. The lectures cover less than half of the book, the greater part of it is devoted to the appendices which include chapters titled "The U.S. and Costa Rican Democracy," "The 'Peace Process' in the Middle East," "The Sanctity of Borders," and "The Media and International Opinion." Overall, the book is an inquiry into the nature of the media and the role of intellectuals 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 examples are given, mostly from the U.S. media but some from media in other societies too.

A professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Noam Chomsky is an internationally acclaimed linguistics scholar, author and political radical. The material in this particular book has been motivated by his belief that "citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self-defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control, and to lay the basis for more meaningful democracy".

[Abstract by Nabeeha Chaudhary]



Table of Contents

Preface

1. Democracy and the Media
2. Containing the Enemy
3. The Bounds of the Expressible
4. Adjuncts of Government
5. The Utility of Interpretations

Appendix I
1. The Propaganda Model: Some Methodological Considerations
2. On Critical Balance

Appendix II
1. The Containment Doctrine
2. The Red Scare

Appendix III
1. The Sanctity of Borders

Appendix IV
1. The Craft of "Historical Engineering"
2. The Obligation of Silence
3. The Summits
4. The Media and the International Opinion
5. Demolishing the Accords

Appendix V
1. The U.S. and Costa Rican Democracy
2. "The Evil Scourge of Terrorism"
3. Heroes and Devils
4. The "Peace Process" in the Middle East
5. The Best Defense
6. La Prensa and its Colleagues
7. "The Courage to Preserve Civil Liberties"
8. The Continuing Struggle

Notes
Index

Subject Headings

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