The Propaganda Model Analytical Essay by Shaad

The Propaganda Model
An assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of E. S. Herman and Noam Chomsky's theory regarding the production of news in capitalistic societies.
# 147071 | 1,168 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | BD
Published by on Feb 14, 2011 in Film (Television) , Sociology (Media and Society)

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The paper assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the propaganda model of news production as presented by Herman and Chomsky. The paper shows that the model is useful as far as it describes how the mechanics of the free market function in the sphere of journalism. However, the paper then points out the mistake of the authors to introduce socialist ideology into the model, whereby the corporate elite are made culpable of perpetuating a system that works in their favor. The paper also examines the five filters, which the authors describe as working on news content, and shows them each to be merely descriptive of the functions of the free market, and therefore does not represent hegemony of the elite at all.

From the Paper:

" According to the propaganda model of Herman and Chomsky, the news that journalists and news agencies present comes through a number of filters, determined by the parameters of a capitalistic free market environment which transfigure news stories in certain ways. The final effect is that news organizations maximize their profits while keeping the public satisfied that they are receiving a roughly objective form of the news. This essay argues that, while largely correct in a descriptive sense, the model is seriously flawed in its moral orientation. In other words, it is a mistake to accuse the elite power structures for establishing and maintaining the status quo. The essay goes on to argue that the propaganda model is best seen as a description of how the mechanics of the free market function in the sphere of journalism to bring us the news that we consume. To accuse the elite for enforcing this system onto the public is merely to purvey socialism as against the principles of the free market."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Herman, E. S. & Chomsky, N. (2002) Manufacturing consent: the political economy of the mass media. New York: Pantheon Books.
  • Curran, J. & Seaton J. (1981) Power without responsibility: the press and broadcasting in Britain. Fontana.

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