Live Webcast of Noam Chomsky's #ICA11 Closing Plenary – May 30 at 12pm EDT
Watch the live webcast of Noam Chomsky’s ICA 2011 Closing Plenary session on Monday 30th May at 12pm EDT!
“Democracy, the Media, and the Responsibility of Scholars“
Larry Gross, U of Southern California, USA
Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Linguist Noam Chomsky is a trenchant critic of the mass media, which he tackled memorably in his 1988 book with Ed Herman, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. In the years since its publication Chomsky has continued to subject the media to the same critical scrutiny with which he has relentlessly analyzed and criticized the actions of nation states and corporations. In this session Chomsky will address the present state of the media and the threats to democracy posed by the corporate control of mainstream media. He will also discuss the landscape of information in the public interest in the age of the Internet, as blogs and now Wikileaks change the terms of engagement. Finally, he will address the responsibilities of intellectuals, scholars, and academics to participate in the struggle for true freedom of expression and information that is a precondition for the survival of democracy.
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