1st Edition

Propaganda in the Information Age Still Manufacturing Consent

Edited By Alan MacLeod Copyright 2019
    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    Propaganda in the Information Age is a collaborative volume which updates Herman and Chomsky’s propaganda model for the twenty-first-century media landscape and makes the case for the continuing relevance of their original ideas. It includes an exclusive interview with Noam Chomsky himself.

    2018 marks 30 years since the publication of Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky’s ground-breaking book Manufacturing Consent, which lifted the veil over how the mass media operate. The book’s model presented five filters which all potentially newsworthy events must pass through before they reach our TV screens, smartphones or newspapers. In Propaganda in the Information Age, many of the world’s leading media scholars, analysts and journalists use this model to explore the modern media world, covering some of the most pressing contemporary topics such as fake news, Cambridge Analytica, the Syrian Civil War and Russiagate. The collection also acknowledges that in an increasingly globalized world, our media is increasingly globalized as well, with chapters exploring both Indian and African media.

    For students of Media Studies, Journalism, Communication and Sociology, Propaganda in the Information Age offers a fascinating introduction to the propaganda model and how it can be applied to our understanding not only of how media functions in corporate America, but across the world in the twenty-first century.

    Introduction: Propaganda in the Information Age, Alan MacLeod

    Chapter One: Still Manufacturing Consent: An Interview with Noam Chomsky, Alan MacLeod and Noam Chomsky 

    Chapter Two: A Propaganda Model for the twenty-first Century: Structure-Agency Dynamics and the Intersection of Class, Gender and Race, Florian Zollmann

    Chapter Three: Assessing the Strength of the Five Filters Today, Alan MacLeod

    Chapter Four: Fake News, Russian Bots and Putin’s Puppets, Alan MacLeod

    Chapter Five: Deflective Source Propaganda: A Syrian Case Study, Oliver Boyd Barrett

    Chapter Six: Expanding the Propaganda Model to the Entertainment Industry: An Interview with Matthew Alford, Alan MacLeod and Matthew Alford

    Chapter Seven: Still Compromising News: Obfuscation and Evasion as Dominant Filters in Indian Media’s Coverage of IL&FS Financial Scandal, Tabassum Ruhi Khan

    Chapter Eight: International Public Relations and the Propaganda Model: A Critical Analysis of Bollywood Blockbusters, Azmat Rasul

    Chapter Nine: Still Manufacturing Consent in the Digital era: Disinformation, "Fake News" and Propaganda in the 2017 Elections in Kenya, Jacinta Mwende Maweu

    Chapter Ten: Working Inside the Racket: An Insider’s Perspective to the Elite Media, Matt Kennard

    Conclusion: New Media, Same Old Rules, Alan MacLeod


    Alan MacLeod is a member of the Glasgow Media Group and completed his PhD in 2017. His first book, Bad News from Venezuela: Twenty Years of Fake News and Misreporting, was published in 2018. His research interests include propaganda, media theory, social media and Latin American politics.