Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam


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  1. Ivana Books Are Magic Ivana Books Are Magic says:

    I own a copy of this book, and I m glad I do, because this is the kind of book that deserves a reread The title of this book is pretty descriptive, but it is worth mentioning that this book deals with a variety of topics It is written in an interview form, and a reader can feel a bit like he is conversing with Chomsky The title isn t exactly misleading, but there isto this book than just the theme of propaganda as important to this book as it is Propaganda and the Public Mind is def I own a copy of this book, and I m glad I do, because this is the kind of book that deserves a reread The title of this book is pretty descriptive, but it is worth mentioning that this book deals with a variety of topics It is written in an interview form, and a reader can feel a bit like he is conversing with Chomsky The title isn t exactly misleading, but there isto this book than just the theme of propaganda as important to this book as it is Propaganda and the Public Mind is definitely a book that I will reread I reviewed it first years ago on my old goodreads profile but I figured I might write something about it again Because I really haven t come across that many similar books that were of the same quality What impressed me most about this book was how it was so straight to the point Chomsky doesn t beat around the bush pun not intended but while it slipped in, I might as well mention that Bush s politics are also analyzed in this book Propaganda is something that surrounds us all, whether we notice it or not It always influences us, whether we notice it or not I can think of a number of interesting fields that can be connected with this book Now, that I think of it, Propaganda and the Public Mind can be a pretty good starting point for a research Chomsky seems to be a man after the truth in this book Not the pleasant politically correct truth Just plain truth Chomsky brings his thoughts to logical conclusions Take for example this quoteWe still name our military helicopter gunships after victims of genocide Nobody bats an eyelash about that Blackhawk Apache And Comanche If the Luftwaffe named its military helicopters Jew and Gypsy, I suppose people would noticeWould people notice if Germany hadn t lost the WW2 That s the question I d like to see answered as well Does it always comes to that history is written by winners I remember what I thought when I first read this book, finally a an intellectual that really thinks with his head There are so many intelligent people out there that aren t really independent thinkers Being an independent thinker sometimes seems to bea matter of character than anything else Some people have a high IQ but they can t think independently to save their lives This book felt like an independent opinion and I guess that is why I appreciated Propaganda and the Public Mind so much Written as a series of interviews focusing mainly on the important events of the 90 ties with just a bit of linguistics at the end, this book is pure gold It goes strait to the point or rather points since it deals with different problems and comments different events and it is very easy to read.By being easy to read, I don t mind it is a light reader I just meant to say that the information is presented in a coherent and logical way There is nothing light about the themes it deals with, either Moreover, this book is filled with information There is so much information in this book that I wasn t familiar with and I thought I knew something about the topics covered What I liked most about Propaganda and the Public Mind is that it speaks about things that I have been thinking about, that have been bothering me, about issues that I care about just I was not able no to arrange them so clearly in my head or connect them in a way Chomsky did The author speaks in such a simple and direct way that it is quite easy to follow even when he jumps from one topic to another Speaking of which, it is worth noticing that not all the topics covered deal with public propaganda This is a collection of interviews and there are many topics covered.It is nice to see that someone is trying to grasp the complexity of the 90 ties world politics wars, conflicts, aggression and all that has been going on There is so much simplification out there in the media and in general It is so refreshing to read a book that actually tries to understand and explain the dynamics of world politics Besides putting acts of violence into perspective and striping them out of ideological excuses, there was another part of the book that is very important in my view I think that another burning issue was well handed the issue of loss of personal freedom The power that different interests group have over the world is growing, the gap between the poor and the rich has never in the course of human history been greater We have to ask ourselves, do we really live in a democracy To conclude, this is a very relevant book for our time It may speak about recent past, but pretty much everything it talks about is still relevant We all sometimes victims of propaganda We all sometimes fail to see what is really going on and sometimes it is really hard to figure out what is truth Most media is own by someone, it is increasingly hard to believe any news reports, and the world politics is gettingcomplex by the minute That is why books like this can be so useful Whether you agree with Chomsky or not, you have to admit that his thinking is always quite logical and his analysis straight to the point


  2. Ivana Ivana says:

    Finally a man and an intellectual that really thinks with his head Written as a series of interviews focusing mainly on the important events of the 90ties with just a bit of linguistics at the end, this book is mind blowing It goes strait to the point or rather points since it deals with different problems and comments different events and it is very easy to read.There is so much information in it that I wasn t familiar with and I thought I knew something about the topics covered What I Finally a man and an intellectual that really thinks with his head Written as a series of interviews focusing mainly on the important events of the 90ties with just a bit of linguistics at the end, this book is mind blowing It goes strait to the point or rather points since it deals with different problems and comments different events and it is very easy to read.There is so much information in it that I wasn t familiar with and I thought I knew something about the topics covered What I liked most about it is that it speaks about things that I have been thinking about, that have been bothering me, about issues that I care about just I did not manage to arrange them so clearly in my head or connect them in a way Chomsky did The author speaks in such a simple and direct way that it is quite easy to follow even when he jumps from one topic to another It is nice to see that someone is trying to grasp the complexity of the 90ties world politics wars, aggressions and all that has been going on There is so much simplification out there in the media and in generalIt is so refreshing to read a book that actually tries to understand and explain the dynamics of world politics Besides putting acts of violence into perspective and striping them out of ideological excuses, there was another part of the book that is very important in my view I think that another burning issue was well handed the issue of loss of personal freedom The power that different interests group have over the world is growing, the gap between the poor and the rich has never in the course of human history been greater We have to ask ourselves, do we really live in a democracy This is definitely a book that I will reread Moreover, this is a book I will make people read


  3. Randall Wallace Randall Wallace says:

    kudos to any american taking any time to read anything by Noam Chomsky there s probably noimportant author to read than noam also, few people who are totally committed to long term social change 24 7 have a photographic memory noam can read something once and then may recall it in perfect detail years later it s amazing my mom also had it and was the first woman to get a phd from yale and got it in 2 years which was also unheard of anyway 1 noam has this photo memory and so rem kudos to any american taking any time to read anything by Noam Chomsky there s probably noimportant author to read than noam also, few people who are totally committed to long term social change 24 7 have a photographic memory noam can read something once and then may recall it in perfect detail years later it s amazing my mom also had it and was the first woman to get a phd from yale and got it in 2 years which was also unheard of anyway 1 noam has this photo memory and so remembers pretty much everything so he can dothan other activists because he can juggle so many different ideas and facts 2 he asks questions the few reporters left have trouble asking even inane questions 3 he asks hard core questions few ask and yet questions which MUST be asked for the sake of the people instead of when do we bomb iraq , he asks what gives us the right to bomb iraq 4 his opposition rarely notes that he admits mistakes when he feels he has made a statement hastily 5 he is the consumer reports of activists he doesn t take corporate money 6 he doesn t need fame or popularity and so acts independently of what we think of him 7 most americans either are too afraid to read anything he has ever written maybe they think their head will explode if they even touch a book by noam isn t he a communist or something this means it s evenimportant for those of us who are not afraid of actually reading non fiction let alone non fiction reading of which could actually lose you friends because it suggests suggesting improvement rather than the constant echo of american exceptionalism it s evenimportant for us to keep at it keep reading and educating those around us on where to find information necessary for a functioning democracy for the people in apposition to the Pavlovian state.if i found out my father was secretly killing people and he told me he was doing it to stop their future crimes i d think he was crazy and i d dedicate my life to stop him even though he was my father but when most people see evidence through noam and others not mainstream media that their own government has is secretly and openly killing people in the name of the people, they pretend they saw nothing and go back to their flat screens, sport statistics, and vacation planning rather than standing up and attempting to work with others to reverse the non stop bipartisan corporate attack on the New Deal on the little guy and most of us since FDR dealt it.ok, but what is this particular chomsky about this book covers noam with david from 1998 2000 give you some 5 star comments of noam 1 think tanks create catchy well tested lines to repeat ad nauseam on the airwaves and to counter it you must provide a whole backstory before someone s eyes glaze over or they think you re simply from mars 2 the flood of unanimous consent for war and other illegal activities by the corporate media assures the marginalization of all dissenting views outside the amplified circle 3 the reason the US is happy to look so out of control and aggressive on the world stage is that these actions are merely a candy gram to europe and the others get out of our way, we re violent and dangerous intentionally acting openly as a rogue state what we say goes see Strategic Command s CHILLING planning document called Essentials of Post War Dominance 4 the US was originally in favor of tibet being controlled by the chinese because the US wrongly believed chiang kai shek would run it so much for US caring about tibet s freedom, ha, ha 5 noam brilliantly states the advantage of taking on unpopular issues where you can actually do a lot rather than treading obvious ground with everyone else of course this way you getflak andmarginalization 6 we virtually destroy cambodia, laos, and vietnam, four million corpses and untold birth defects from agent orange and all we hear about in the mainstream press is OUR suffering 7 the reagan administration looked at highways and saw it was cheaper to repair potholes but why do it because the cost could be passed on to the public which improves the efficiency of the economy 8 enough reasons already to buy this book, this book is FILLED with brilliant comments no one else is giving you in order to understand what has been daily done in OUR name since before we were born it s time for all americans to understand staying in your seats means it gets worse for you and your children and this country we love guaranteed only by working strategically with others will we make our voices heard above the 24 7 corporate media which no longer covers power but instead only covers for power


  4. Jeff Jeff says:

    One of the best Chomsky works I ve read yet The title is a bit misleading, since it s a collection of interviews that covers countless topics outside of propaganda, but I suppose that s an editorial decision The book sort of catches Chomsky right at the point in time when he was courageously speaking out about the atrocities in East Timor the late 90s atrocities, that is he had also spoken out about the original mid 70s invasion and associated atrocities when they occurred , and thus it ser One of the best Chomsky works I ve read yet The title is a bit misleading, since it s a collection of interviews that covers countless topics outside of propaganda, but I suppose that s an editorial decision The book sort of catches Chomsky right at the point in time when he was courageously speaking out about the atrocities in East Timor the late 90s atrocities, that is he had also spoken out about the original mid 70s invasion and associated atrocities when they occurred , and thus it serves as a PERFECT example of how a responsible intellectual conducts themselves when they see an injustice happening in the world In other sections he also does a great job of pointing out the ties between globalization and imperialism, particularly with respect to global financial markets, so IMO it s also an important read for those interested in economics who want a critical viewpoint on these issues


  5. Shereif Danial Shereif Danial says:

    Plainly put Chomsky is a genius Many consider him to be way left I consider him to be the most moderate of any living intellectual His criticism of US and Western foreign policies are hard to argue against.


  6. John Diaz John Diaz says:

    I think I had to listen to this about 15 times to even begin to grasp some of the 500 topics covered by Noam in this two disc audio set Narcotrafficking, terrorism, Clinton presidency analysisthere are a lot of areas covered But it was incredibly interesting and enlightening to say the very least I would recommend this to anyone.


  7. Ollie Ollie says:

    The world is a better place because it has Noam Chomsky and his books And it s in that spirit that Haymarket books has taken up the task of putting out a series of new Chomsky books and republishing and updating some new ones for our benefit And Propaganda and the Public Mind is a good place as any to start with this collection.Composed of his interviews with David Barsamian who Chomsky calls his publicist , Propaganda and the Public Mind hits the sweet spot as far as Noam Chomsky books are c The world is a better place because it has Noam Chomsky and his books And it s in that spirit that Haymarket books has taken up the task of putting out a series of new Chomsky books and republishing and updating some new ones for our benefit And Propaganda and the Public Mind is a good place as any to start with this collection.Composed of his interviews with David Barsamian who Chomsky calls his publicist , Propaganda and the Public Mind hits the sweet spot as far as Noam Chomsky books are concerned because it s mostly devoid of the dense writing and language that make up hisformal books Instead, it reads as it should like a conversation And although it s called Propaganda and the Public Mind, this remarkably slender book covers a large range of issues and, as you can imagine, what the US role was What range indeed, as Barsamian and Chomsky cover topics such as the US interest in regulating world trade agreements, the media s role in distracting and misleading the population, East Timor, the Seattle riots, and the democratic state in India We even get some insights into Chomsky s personal life and his jock grandson Of course, there are plenty of times I felt a little lost and the conversation went right over my head But that s just a great excuse I m going to have for rereading his books This book, as with all of Chomsky s books, ought to be studied


  8. Lobstergirl Lobstergirl says:

    In a series of rambling and quite interesting interviews dating from the late 1990s through early 2000, Chomsky talks about East Timor, Colombia, the drug war vs the tobacco non war, U.S sponsored violence in Central America, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, the Vietnam war, the Balkans, Iraq, nuclear proliferation, education, income and wealth inequality, protests against globalization, linguistic theory Everything is related to propaganda and power It s democratic societies that need prop In a series of rambling and quite interesting interviews dating from the late 1990s through early 2000, Chomsky talks about East Timor, Colombia, the drug war vs the tobacco non war, U.S sponsored violence in Central America, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, the Vietnam war, the Balkans, Iraq, nuclear proliferation, education, income and wealth inequality, protests against globalization, linguistic theory Everything is related to propaganda and power It s democratic societies that need propaganda, because non democratic societies can already control people with the military police authoritarian apparatuses Ed note Though increasingly those apparatuses are seen and relied on in democratic societies witness the use of Tasers, and the public s largely unquestioning acceptance of them


  9. Jafar Jafar says:

    I just remembered that I read a whole bunch of books by Chomsky when I was young and radical Now I m jaded and cynical and disenchanted with politics.Chomsky could be the greatest living intellectual or the greatest living crackpot, depending on your political inclination But I think at least some of the times he makes good points to anyone who reads him with fairness and open mind Some other times, I myself find him downright annoying and irrelevant Like him or not, he s one of the top 10 m I just remembered that I read a whole bunch of books by Chomsky when I was young and radical Now I m jaded and cynical and disenchanted with politics.Chomsky could be the greatest living intellectual or the greatest living crackpot, depending on your political inclination But I think at least some of the times he makes good points to anyone who reads him with fairness and open mind Some other times, I myself find him downright annoying and irrelevant Like him or not, he s one of the top 10 most cited authors of all times He s up there with Freud and Plato and other giants


  10. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Fascinating as always, but with some repeated information I took note of all the books mentioned and added them to my queue.


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Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky [PDF] ✑ Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky ✓ David Barsamian – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Renowned interviewer David Barsamian showcases his unique access to Chomky s thinking on a number of topics of contemporary and historical import In an interview conducted after the important November Renowned interviewer David Barsamian showcases his the Public eBook ´ unique access to Chomky s thinking on a number of topics of contemporary and historical import In an interview conducted after the important NovemberBattle in Seattle, Chomsky discusses prospects Propaganda and eBook Ý for building a movement to challenge corporate domination of the media, the environment, and even our private lives Chomsky also engages in a discussion of his ideas on language and mind, making his important linguistic insights and the Public PDF ☆ accessible to the lay readerNoam Chomsky, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a world renowned linguist, philosopher, and political analyst He writes extensively and lectures around the world on international affairs, US foreign policy, and human rights Chomsky has publishedbooks with South End Press, including Rogue States The Rule of Force in World Affairs David Barsamian lives in Boulder, Colorado, and is the producer of the award winning syndicated radio program, Alternative Radio His interview books with luminaries such as Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and Edward W Said have sold in the hundreds of thousands of copiesContents Activist VictoriesUS to World Get Out of the WayFor Reasons of StateEast Timor on the BrinkThe Meaning of SeattleLiberating the MindSolidarity and Mutual SupportPraise for Noam Chomsky An exploder of received truths New York Times Noam Chomsky is one of the most significant challengers of unjust power and delusions he goes against every assumption about American altruism and huniatrianism Edward Said Reading Chomsky is like standing in a wind tunnel With relentless logic, Chomsky bids us to listen closely to what our leaders tell us and to discern what they are leaving outThe questions Chomsky raises will eventually have to be answered Agree with him or not, we lose out by not listening Business Week Praise for David Barsamian David Barsamian is the Studs Terkel of our generation Howard Zinn, author of A People s History of the United States In con.

    Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam policy, and human rights Chomsky has publishedbooks with South End Press, including Rogue States The Rule of Force in World Affairs David Barsamian lives in Boulder, Colorado, and is the producer of the award winning syndicated radio program, Alternative Radio His interview books with luminaries such as Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and Edward W Said have sold in the hundreds of thousands of copiesContents Activist VictoriesUS to World Get Out of the WayFor Reasons of StateEast Timor on the BrinkThe Meaning of SeattleLiberating the MindSolidarity and Mutual SupportPraise for Noam Chomsky An exploder of received truths New York Times Noam Chomsky is one of the most significant challengers of unjust power and delusions he goes against every assumption about American altruism and huniatrianism Edward Said Reading Chomsky is like standing in a wind tunnel With relentless logic, Chomsky bids us to listen closely to what our leaders tell us and to discern what they are leaving outThe questions Chomsky raises will eventually have to be answered Agree with him or not, we lose out by not listening Business Week Praise for David Barsamian David Barsamian is the Studs Terkel of our generation Howard Zinn, author of A People s History of the United States In con."/>
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About the Author: David Barsamian

David Barsamian is an Armenian American the Public eBook ´ radio broadcaster, writer, and the founder and director of Alternative Radio, the Boulder, Colorado based syndicated weekly talk program heard on some radio stations in various countries Propaganda and eBook Ý Barsamian started working in radio in at KGNU in Boulder, Colorado and then KRZA in Alamosa, ColoradoHis interviews and articles also appear regularly in The Progressive, The Nation, and Z Magazine Barsamian also lectures on and the Public PDF ☆ US foreign policy, corporate control, the media, and propaganda He is a member of the Campaign for Peace and DemocracyAs a writer, Barsamian is best known for his series of interviews with Noam Chomsky, which have been published in book form and translated into many languages, selling hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide.