Media Studies

The growth of mass media and the means of communication have done for the shaping and production of consciousness what the industrial revolution has done for material goods and the growth of society's productive forces. With even further radical changes brought about by the many-to-many modes of communication on the internet, media studies is even more critical to social change

Danny Schechter on Reality Asserts Itself Journalist, filmmaker, activist Danny Schechter "The Media Dissector", tells Paul Jay what brought him to South Africa, the fight against apartheid and meeting and chronicling Mandela Access Here

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media - Feature Film  Through a collage of biography, archival material and various graphics and illustrations, Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick's 22-award-winning documentary highlights Chomsky's probing analysis of mass media and his critique of the forces at work behind the daily news. 2:45 hours

Reflections on Karl Marx and the Media, An essay by CHRISTIAN FUCHS University  of  Salzburg. Even though the telegraph was the latest in mass media in Marx's time, Fuch surveys the many ways Marx provided the tools that anticipated a future revolution in communications and how to approach an analysis of it.

THE DISINFORMATION AGE: A REVOLUTION IN PROPAGANDA. Troll farms, bots, dark ads, fake news ... from Putin’s Russia to Brexit Britain, new methods are being used to change politics and crush dissent. It’s time to fight back. By Peter Pomerantsev in The Guardian.
Edward Bernays' 'Propaganda' as a free download'This is the main manual of the public relations industry. Bernays is kind of the guru. He was an authentic Roosevelt/Kennedy liberal. He also engineered the public relations effort behind the U.S.-backed coup which overthrew the democratic government of Guatemala.' -Noam ChomskyAccess Here

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of Mass Media. By Noam Chomsky and Ed Herman. The class work on post WW2 propaganda, as a downloadable PDF file.