Necessary Illusions

  • by Noam Chomsky
  • Narrated by Kevin Stillwell
  • 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

In his 1988 CBC Massey Lecture, Noam Chomsky inquires into the nature of the media in a political system where the population cannot be disciplined by force and thus must be subjected to more subtle forms of ideological control. Specific cases are illustrated in detail, using the U.S. media primarily but also media in other societies. Chomsky considers how the media might be democratized (as part of the general problem of developing more democratic institutions) in order to offer citizens broader and more meaningful participation in social and political life.

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Challenging even for radical minds

Every so often I come across a book that changes the way I see the world. I'm still seeing the same things in the media, but now I have a constant awareness of the potential missing facts in a story. It won't eliminate the box, but it should help you think outside of it.
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- Machine Learner

Seminal work ruined by a terrible performance.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend a paper version. The audio book's narrator will put anyone to sleep. Slow. Inexpressive.


Would you recommend Necessary Illusions to your friends? Why or why not?

The contents of the book, yes. Paper version.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Stillwell?

Anyone else! Robin Bloodworth did a great job with Noam's work. I'd recommend Robin to redo all of the Chomsky's books on Audible.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's hard to say. The book was nigh unbearable to watch. Buying the paper version.


Any additional comments?

Kevin Stillwell does no favors to Chomsky's work.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios