Why Propaganda Works & The Great Question of Our Time | Noam Chomsky


Films For Action has the article Why Propaganda Works & The Great Question of Our Time | Noam Chomsky

Professor Noam Chomsky explains why propaganda works so well in our modern society and raises one of the most important questions of our time. It’s a clip from the classic documentary Manufacturing Consent. Watch the full film here.

In Part 2, another variation of this clip is used, with additional footage added regarding the successful campaign by the Bush Administration to manipulate public consciousness to build support for war, setting up Iraq and Iran as phantom enemies of the U.S., when our true motivations remain obscured by patriotic and fear-based illusions.

The two clips in this article are good teasers for the documentary Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)

Here is the documentary directly from YouTube.

Manufacturing Consent explores the political life and ideas of world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist Noam Chomsky. Through a collage of biography, archival material and various graphics and illustrations, Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick’s 22-award-winning documentary highlights Chomsky’s probing analysis of mass media and his critique of the forces at work behind the daily news.


Watching the full documentary may seem like a daunting task, but if you have watched or considered watching an episode of Joe Rogan, you can certainly devote the time to watching this documentary. You will probably get more value watching this documentary than you will get from watching Joe Rogan.

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