Inventing Reality: The...
Michael Parenti
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Inventing Reality: The Politics of the Mass Media

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For many people an issue does not exist until appears in the news media. Indeed, what we even define as an issue or event, what we see and hear, and what we do not see and hear are greatly determined by those who control the communications world. One book cannot cover all that might be said about the media. The author concentrates on national and international politico-eco...more
Published by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 1986)
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I'm only half way through this book and already it's one of the most concise and penetrating critiques of the Mass Media in America that I've ever read. As someone who works in the business, Parenti's analysis of distortions, ideology, omissions and power of the Media in our lives is an essential read. Be prepared to cancel your cable...
P.J. Sullivan
Exposes media bias, how economic power leads to cultural hegemony and ideological monopoly. Michael Parenti is one of the best antidotes to media misinformation.
Bryant Scott
This book was required reading for a class I am taking. The book makes compelling arguments that the media invents reality to support the conservative establishment; not the liberal view as many conservatives argue. I would recommend reading the book, especially if you think the media is liberal. You will find a great deal of evidence to the contrary in this book. The book was published in 1992 and discusses media distortions up to that time. Today, people can find nearly anything they want to h...more
Ayu Puspita Sari
A great book about media influence on people's perspective, with all controls it gets from government, media owner, etc. How our mind could easily be manipulate for the sake of few people's benefit. Nice read.
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If I had to choose I think I'm more apt to read Parenti's books about history than media. I wish I wasn't such a slow reader. 950 books to read? I better start getting them on tape!
Excellent overview of the function of the mass media today - utterly vindicated by Wikileaks revelations and the role of the corporate media during and post-Wikileaks.
Expose Austin Texas Duty To Care For Others
Classic book on cultural hegemony and how the plethora of medias manipulate society on a regular basis.
Parenti at his best. The Politics of News Media. He digs at the roots that sustain our public consciousness.
Michael Valletta
This is the truth. If you want to open your eyes and step out of Plato's proverbial cave READ THIS BOOK!
Michelle Murray
read in a college class a long time ago! will not forget what i learned.
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American political scientist, historian and culture critic.

Parenti is most known for his criticism of capitalism and American foreign policy.

He holds a doctorate from Yale University.
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