publication . Article . 2009

Manufacturing Consistency: Social Science, Rhetoric and Chomsky’s Critique

Alison Edgley;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Oct 2009 Journal: Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture (WPCC) (issn: 1744-6708, eissn: 1744-6716, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of Westminster Press
Abstract
Chomsky’s critique of US foreign policy – and the media coverage it generates – has significant theoretical merit, and deserves to be of considerable interest within the social sciences. His analysis rests upon two distinctive positions. First, he claims that capitalism only survives because of the role played by the state, legislatively and administratively, controversially adding that it operates as an economic agent providing welfare for the rich. While the political and corporate elite can have varied and at times conflicting interests, the so-called common interest, operationalized via the state, excludes the mass of ordinary people from existing power and ...
Subjects
free text keywords: abduction; elite; essentialism; human nature; propaganda model; state capitalism, abduction, elite, essentialism, human nature, propaganda model, state capitalism, Communication. Mass media, P87-96, Politics, Political science, Social science, Foreign policy, Capitalism, Operationalization
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