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  •  Yes, it is an industry (13+ / 0-)

    Silence from him and his colleagues throughout the industry – how appropriate that word.

    It's the last manufacturing industry in America, where they manufacture a prefabricated "reality", where they manufacture consent.  I say what's good for the goose is good for the gander, let's outsource THAT industry to Bangalore.

    •  Indeed (4+ / 0-)

      and in this case they manufactured consent.

      Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media is a book by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, first published in 1988.

      Presenting an analysis its authors call the "propaganda model", the book argues that since mass media news outlets are now run by large corporations, they are under the same competitive pressures as other corporations. According to the book, the pressure to create a stable, profitable business invariably distorts the kinds of news items reported, as well as the manner and emphasis in which they are reported. This occurs not as a result of conscious design but simply as a consequence of market selection: those businesses who happen to favor profits over news quality survive, while those that present a more accurate picture of the world tend to become marginalized.

      The book further points out issues with the dependency of mass media news outlets upon major sources of news, particularly the government. If a particular outlet is in disfavor with a government, it can be subtly 'shut out', and other outlets given preferential treatment. Since this results in a loss in news leadership, it can also result in a loss of readership/viewership. That can itself result in a loss of advertising revenue, which is the primary income for most of the mass media (newspapers, magazines, television). To minimize the possibilities of lost revenue, therefore, outlets will tend to report news in a tone more favorable to government and business, and giving unfavorable news about government and business less emphasis.

      "we must make the rescue of the environment the central organizing principle for civilization" - Al Gore

      by racerx on Tue Apr 29, 2008 at 07:19:25 AM PDT

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