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.
2018marks 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 offersa 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.
List of contributors
Introduction: Propaganda in the Information Age
Chapter One: Still Manufacturing Consent: An Interview with Noam Chomsky
Chapter Two: A Propaganda Model for the 21st Century: Structure-Agency Dynamics and the Intersection of Class, Gender and Race
Chapter Three: Assessing the Strength of the Five Filters Today
Chapter Four: Fake News, Russian Bots and Putin’s Puppets: The Return to Prominence of the Fifth, anti-Russian Filter
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
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 8: International Public Relations and the Propaganda Model: A Critical Analysis of Bollywood Blockbusters
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
Conclusion: New Media, Same Old Rules