noam chomsky

“The major media, particularly the elite media that set the agenda that others generally follow, are corporations ‘selling’ privileged audiences to other businesses. It would hardly come as a surprise if the picture of the world they present were to reflect the perspectives and interests of the sellers, the buyers, and the product. Concentration of ownership of the media is high and increasing. Furthermore, those who occupy managerial positions in the media, or gain status within them as commentators, belong to the same privileged elites, and might be expected to share the perceptions, aspirations, and attitudes of their associates, reflecting their own class interests as well. Journalists entering the system are unlikely to make their way unless they conform to these ideological pressures, generally by internalizing the values; it is not easy to say one thing and believe another, and those who fail to conform will tend to be weeded out by familiar mechanisms.”
- Noam Chomsky, Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies

anonymous asked:

What are your favourite documentaries (about true crime or anything else)?

My favourite documentary is Dear Zachary: A letter to a son about his father. It’s probably one of my favourite films in general to be honest. I can’t give it a higher recommendation - I inflict it on everyone I know!

Other than that I consume I shocking amount of documentaries so it’s hard for me to pick ones - especially true crime. There’s a good American Justice series available on iPlayer right now (and another recent one called I Shot my Parents which is worth a watch!), Making a Murderer is also a firm favourite, and anything by Louis Theroux I will watch (and probably love - although My Scientology Movie really wasn’t up to scratch). Capturing the Friedmans, Team Foxcatcher, West of Memphis (and Paradise Lost), The Confessions of Thomas Quick, The Fear of 13, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, The Paedophile Next Door, Who Took Johnny?, Newtown and The Witness are other true crime ones that i’d recommend 

Right now though I am obsessed with Adam Curtis documentaries. Hypernormalisation and Bitter Lake are phenomenal and I could watch them over and over and over again. Also The Trap, The Power of Nightmares, The Century of the Self (like I needed any more of a reason to hate Freud), The Living Dead and The Way of All Flesh are incredible and all available on youtube. They are not true crime, some of them are different but in general his documentaries are about what has influenced the current geopolitical landscape and the development of western culture (and the impact this has had in the middle east - and vice versa). I can’t stop watching them…

Also - Requiem for the American Dream, because Noam Chomsky.
Noam Chomsky says the Republican Party is 'more dangerous than Isis'
The US Republican Party is “the most dangerous organisation in human history”, Noam Chomsky has said. The academic and author made the claim during an interview with the BBC. “It’s an outrageous statement and when I said it, I said ‘Look, this is a very outrageous statement’”. he said. “But it’s true.”

Ignorance combined with apathy is why the Republican Party is allowed to stay in power even when they blatantly display their disregard for those who elected them.

The United States is opposed, naturally, to any attempt on the part of any society to use its resources for its own purposes, instead of to integrate itself into what we call an “open world” system, which means a system that’s open to American economic penetration and political control. If any society deviates from that, whether it’s capitalist, fascist, communist or whatever, the United States will oppose it.
—  Noam Chomsky

“I use a lot of my misunderstanding as a source of inspiration, and I realize that lately, like, because my English is not good, many times, when people talk to me, I understand something different. I remember I was talking to my friend, and she told me she had made a model of a boat in a forest, and I understood the forest was in the boat, so I imagined a sort of vegetable ark of Noah—Noah’s ark.”

Michel Gondry, Is The Man Who is Tall Happy?

“There is a history of Christianity: the first three centuries of Christianity, it was a radical pacifist religion, which is why it was persecuted. It was the religion of the poor and the suffering, and Jesus was the symbol of the poor and the suffering. …
In the fourth century, it was taken over by the Roman Empire. Emperor Constantine turned the church into the religion of the persecutors.”
- Noam Chomsky, on Religion (2010)