Hello friends! Welcome and thank you for trusting C.H. for your book reviews. This is the first of many… To start off, we have one of my favorite books, written by one of my intellectual heroes: Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman.
Since this is our first review ever, I’ll explain how the books will be reviewed and how the reviews will be structured.
There are 5 factors:
THE GEM FACTOR
VALUE TO THE READER
Each factor is worth one point, for a total of 5 points. Capeesh?
Let’s do this.
Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman
The title of this book says it all. In their groundbreaking work, Chomsky and Herman expose connections between big media conglomerates and corporate interest by laying down a series of case studies. Of these, the media’s dichotomous approach to ‘worthy’ and ‘unworthy’ victims.
To explain the media’s coverage of the news, or rather what ends up being deemed newsworthy, Chomsky and Herman proposed a propaganda model that is based on decades of research.
That model shows that, contrary to the usual image of the news media (as being independent, stubborn and quite ubiquitous in their quest to expose the truth and inform the public) in reality they defend the social, political, and most importantly economic interests of the businessmen that own, operate and fund these media conglomerates.
In other words, the so-called corporate media is essentially a new mean of shaping the mind, or rather, of manufacturing consent.
Value to the reader:
This is a book you will find yourself passionately citing, thinking about, and continuously learning from.
Manufacturing Consent is a masterpiece that quite frankly isn’t justly represented by its’ price tag; it’s a book that will open your eyes and make you question all of the things you thought you knew about your typical news anchor.
This is the first book I have ever read that was written by Prof. Chomsky, and so far it is still the best in my mind, and when you know the quality of books and research this man has written, it is definitely saying a lot.
Read this book with an open and curious mind, and get ready to have your world forever shattered.
Manufacturing Consent is a quite easy read. Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky did a great job explaining a complex issue.
The authors book help you connect the proverbial dots by introducing you to the story first, the way the media covered it, and they reality behind the scenes.
In one word: brilliant.
The only critic I would have when it comes to readability is the fact that the authors assume that you already have some knowledge of these case studies they are exposing.
In that way, depending on how much back knowledge you have, you can potentially feel a little lost in the explanation.
However, this increases the re-readability factor, which we will discuss further down.
Manufacturing Consent is a book that you can go through rather quickly. It’s around 400 pages long from front to back. You can finish it in a weekend if you really want to!
I do recommend to you to take your sweet time with this book as it has lots and lots of valuable content which you don’t want to just run through.
So, if you’re like me, you will find yourself very often on Google while you are reading this, trying to complete the picture that Noam and Edward are painting for the reader. Yes, I am a nerd!
The Gem Factor:
This book is insightful and relevant.
Since Chomsky and Herman wrote this book over 20 years ago, it continues to gain both notoriety and relevance today.
Their research helped countless people understand how the so called ‘free press’ works and continues to educate young millennials, like yours truly, on the real value of the news they are getting from corporate media.
The authors have done the world a favour and this book is as sagacious as they come.
In my humble opinion, this book is right up there with Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, Karl Marx’s Das Kapital or even Plato’s Republic.
Gem Factor? Masterpiece.
Okay let’s get something out of the way. Re-readability is not a word. This factor essentially indicates whether you’ll want to re-read the book. Hence, the books’ lifetime.
All-in-all, is Manufacturing Consent a book that is worth reading more than once? Heck yeah!
Interested in politics and/or economics? This book is for you. As you continue to learn about these 2 subjects, you will find yourself reaching to this book again and again.
Manufacturing Consent is an absolute must read. It is brilliant, informative, and very accessible.
Overall score : 4.8/5