Week 2


  • Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky. 1988. Manufacturing Consent. New York: Pantheon Books. (Chapter 1, ‘A propaganda model,’ pp 1-35) In Canvas.
  • Jessica Boutchie. 2018. Replacing newsfeeds for newspapers: The detriments of using Facebook for news. Feb 1, Harvardpolitics.com.
  • Eli Pariser. 2012. The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web is changing what we read and what we think. NY: Penguin (‘The race for relevance’). In Canvas.

Lecture pages

Video Clips

(important for understanding the filtering concept)

  • From the documentary Manufacturing Consent (Noam Chomsky on ownership filtering)
  • From the documentary The Corporation (‘unsettling accounts‘–excellent example of advertising and ownership filters)
  • Source filtering and the ‘General’s revolt‘ (using ‘message force multipliers’ and source filtering).
    • Are these examples of source filtering (Huey Lewis and the fake news; Dodge puts safety before propaganda. Or vice versa)? If those video links don’t work, try this.
  • Flak filter
    • (these commercials (second) commissioned by the Competitive Enterprise Institute aired immediately after the release of Al Gore’s film, ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ on behalf of some of their corporate sponsors);
  • From the documentary Manufacturing Consent (example of anti-communist filter, NY Times coverage of the East Timor genocide)