Merchants of Doubt
February 11, 2016
Learn: Read the classic Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media or watch the film. Both are available for free from the Westchester Library System. Once you start looking, you’ll find other books and opinions.
Listen: For more truth and less distortion, start consuming alternative media – it’s far less susceptible to commercial influences. Check out Best of the Left podcast: new clips 3 times a week from a startlingly wide variety of outlets.
Become a sophisticated consumer of media. One way to start: listen to On the Media on WNYC or as a podcast.
Deploy: Begin to notice how much deception and manipulation is woven into our daily lives. Create as little as possible yourself.
Become an advocate for the unvarnished truth. Learn the real facts about one particular issue. Share what you’ve learned with some of the people in your life.