Manufacturing Consent – Noam Chomsky and the Media

This is a really in depth look at media and the role it plays in controlling the masses in a democracy. It dispels a lot of common ideas about democracy and the ‘free press’ and shows how the media limits the scope of discussion and attention to what benefits those with power (not always, and not deliberately, but in general, because of how the systems work).

It also give a lot of background about Noam Chomsky and the work he does. Most of the film is a mash up of different interviews he’s given. He’s a very confident and articulate speaker who clearly knows a lot about what he’s talking about and can explain it fairly simply. He’s able to make very uncommon views seem very reasonable.

I think it’s the longest radical movie night film we’ve watched, and it is really packed full of new and challenging ideas. If you’re just watching it on your own it’d probably be best to watch in pieces so they’re easier to digest.

5 stars!