Posted 19 June 2007 - 10:08 PM
Chomsky's activism, like many others, began in the early 60's when he became involved in the anti-Vietnam movement. Today he speaks primarily about the media, state sponsered terrorism and power. He is also the author of many books and you can view hours and hours of his lectures, speeches and debates online.
One of the many things he talks about is how the 'left' in American media serves a limiting force for conversation; the mainstream left is exactly how far you are allowed to go in terms of thinking and criticizing, anything else will not be published or considered. He talks about how politicians and corporate leaders 'manufacture consent' amongst the populace and he speaks, relentlessly, against oppression and aggression. I have compiled a Noam Chomsky Archive if you are interested in finding out more about his work and how society really works. It is accessible at :
You can also watch 'Manufacturing Consent' and 'The Corporation' as well as a few other feature films he was heavily involved in.
Posted 20 June 2007 - 12:48 AM
And also, coincidentally enough, my grandfather have just finished a book called "The essence of Language A Philosophical Problem. Why Noam Chomsky was never a linguist". He's always been kind of a cynic...
Posted 20 June 2007 - 03:42 AM
So, although I admire him for his commitment to linguistics, I must say that I disagree with his overall approach to the field. Also as #2 said, I first started reading about him in regard to his political stances. He's definitely one of America's most outspoken intellectuals.
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