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Shallow and simple-minded..........
am 30. April 2000
This shallow and lightweight tract is a classic case ofpseudo-science, comparable to those works of crank literature thatclaim to detect a government conspiracy to hide the existence ofUFOs. Chomsky and Herman have a single obsession, namely that the communications media are 'objectively' a mere mouthpiece for shadowy corporate interests, and exist to mislead the virtuous forces of the international proletariat. Apart from the sheer arrogance and contemptuous elitism of this vision - presumably the people are too stupid to realise their plight without having enlightened revolutionaries like Chomsky and Herman to help - it's simply unfalsifiable. That makes it, in the Popperian, a pseudo-science - and more than that, it's an affront to the very notion of critical inquiry in the social sciences....The most repulsive element of this work, however, is the logical working-out of the authors' totalitarian political stance. That finds its expression in their quite disgusting whitewashing of the democidal regime of Pol Pot, and their disingenuous apologetics for their own record of snuggling up to tyranny.
In short, don't bother buying this distasteful work of political illiteracy; try some serious sociology instead, such as the writings of Seymour Martin Lipset. END