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Chomsky Argument on the Role of Media in Political Propaganda

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Chomsky argues that the media has played a role in depriving the general public of their views and perception through propaganda. He basis his arguments on the American cases where media has aired the political propaganda that attract the consent of the public. In addition, he highlights instances where the government has gained favor in the media industry to pass their intended motions and objectives. To elaborate on that, he lays the argument that the perception created by the media about the government permeates to the entire social realism. Therefore, his arguments tend to prove that media has a moral obligation to the Americans. I will discuss the fundamental claims that are laid down in support of his argument with justification. Chomsky introduces his arguments on the definition of the two forms of democracy that exist. One of them argues that the people are in full control in running their affairs while, on the second definition, they are manipulated and made to believe media and government through propaganda. Chomsky intention was to seek an insightful approach on the role of media in contemporary politics that cause him to explore the world and society we ought to live and of democracy, the society ought to practice. In this section, he tries to explain how media and the government have applied the manipulation form of democracy to control the people. In his alternative concept of democracy, he highlights two things. First, the public is prevented from carrying out their role in managing their own affairs. Most political leaders ensure that the public has no place in the management of their affairs. In support of this claim, he identified the events that happened during the reign of Woodrow Wilson Administration. The public initially believed that there was no reason for engaging in a war that was taking place in Germany. However, through propaganda titled Creel Commission succeeded within a period of six months changing the mind of the same public who heard earlier opposed the need for war and supported it immensely decrying that they would humiliate Germany through war. Secondly, the claim is drawn from the observations he made in the analysis of Lippmann argument in his theory on progressive democracy. He demonstrates that there is a minority social class in modern democracies who make decisions for the majority. Chomsky explains that the majority are forced to appoint representatives who make decisions on their behalf in what is known as an election. Afterward, they are turned to spectators who sit and wait for the decisions made by their representative. In order to manufacture the consent on the views of the specialized social class, the media, schools and relevant culture has to be divided to ensure they are able to instill what they refer to as ‘sense of reality.’ The compelling moral obligation in Chomsky argument is that there is moral justification that involving the public to manage their affairs would cause trouble.Secondly, the means of information are kept rigid and controlled effectively from public access. Chomsky argues that the American Public Relations leadership control the minds of people. Considering what happened in the 1930s, there was a great revolution by the bewildered herd as Lippmann called them (public).