The Mainstream and the Margins: Noam Chomsky vs. Michael Parenti


Noam Chomsky is, as anyone reading this knows, a linguist, MIT professor, and the English-speaking world’s foremost radical dissident intellectual. Chomsky’s work in this latter capacity is so well-documented that it’s not necessary to recapitulate too much—however, a few choice high notes include decades of criticism of US foreign policy, some decent commentary on then-President-elect Barack Obama at a time nearly all of the Western commentariat had turned into a deranged Borg-like collective, and producing the second comprehensive study of corporate constraints on the media along with Edward Herman. As co-author of Manufacturing Consent, Chomsky provided a model illuminating the “political economy of the mass media,” and from this research came a great deal of very useful and incisive media criticism on issues like how concision and sound-bites help the status quo and why a journalist can be both genuine and compromised. Herman and Chomsky’s propaganda model purports…

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6 Responses to The Mainstream and the Margins: Noam Chomsky vs. Michael Parenti

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  2. beetleypete says:

    A huge post, and as much as I disagree with, as agree with. But that’s life…
    Worth reading if you have the time though.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Prole Center says:

    What do you disagree with, Pete?

  4. beetleypete says:

    There are many things I don’t like about Chomsky. He is often lauded as a great Leftist thinker, but I generally think he has steered many of his comments to be ‘acceptable’ to apparently Leftist publications like The Guardian. (It is not)
    Drilling down into modern culture like The Simpsons doesn’t seem relevant to me, as they are examples of popular TV shows driven by the needs of advertisers, with the accompanying agenda. And so on…
    The bottom line for me is that workers rarely respond to intellectuals, of any persuasion, and need to get revolutionary ideas from the peers; such as others in the workplace, union officials, and family members. Ordinary people and workers rarely read the left wing press, or books written by wordy intellectuals which they cannot afford to buy anyway. Real progress comes from engaging the workers at ground level, not from lofty heights. Just my opinion.
    Regards, Pete.

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  6. Prole Center says:

    Yeah, it is way too long. I just like that it was shitting on that charlatan Chomsky.

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