Alain deBotton on The Media

  • Philosopher Alain deBotton argues that, "Though we now have more information than ever, its utility is at best questionable." 

  • Todays’ news brings us the raw material of tragedy, but it doesn’t take us to the edge; merely leaves us feeling perturbed, gripped, knowing there’s something we’re searching for but unable to offer us redemption.

  • Proposes some ideas on how to make news more "useful."  

Noam Chomsky - The 5 Filters of the Media (Manufacturing Consent)

  • Superbly animated synopsis of Chomsky's theory on the media. 

  • Thesis: Democracy is staged, with the help of media that work as propaganda machines.