Editorial: Looking at society through a different lens

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If you do not know of Noam Chomsky, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to him. Chomsky is a man of many talents.  He has been described as a classic voice of intellectual dissent and is sometimes referred to as “the father of modern linguistics”. He was born in Philidelphia to middle-class Jewish immigrants and through an impressive education resume, he is now a major figure in analytic philosophy and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. Since 1955, he has worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and holds the title of Institute Professor Emeritus. We have left out a significant portion of his resume but it is worth noting that he has authored over 100 books on topics such as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media.

People like Chomsky see the world through much different lenses than the average person.  It is their different perspective that drives people to seek out their views as a way of expanding their own knowledge of the world around them. Chomsky came to mind when we reflected on all that is going on politically in our bit of paradise because we often use his writings as a guide to keep us on the straight and narrow. Much of his criticism of the main stream media describes the pitfalls of falling for an agenda rather than faithfully reporting the news.  So while this may seem like a bit of an introspective session, the points made by Chomsky are applicable to all and should open your eyes to see through propaganda and rhetoric.

There is no hiding that the media can be prone to manipulation, whether deliberately or innocently.  Chomsky points out that the media are highly effective at moulding public opinion and the people can be manipulated by media that they trust. In registering his observations and making the people aware of possible manipulation, Chomsky has also provided politicians with great insight into how to manipulate the media in order to…

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