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Taking a critical perspective on the economics and politics of “presenting” the news, this topical supplement argues that the media systematically distorts news coverage. Paperbackpages. Published November 15th by Cengage Learning first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Inventing Realityplease parneti up. Lists with This Book. Aug 12, Jana rated it it was amazing. Honestly, Parentis writing style ist phenomenal. He argues really concisely, anticipating every counterargument, and exposing the reader to a radical new world view, but he never loses himself in technical jargon. Jul 29, Jason rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 May 24, P.

Sullivan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Exposes media bias, how economic power leads to cultural hegemony and ideological monopoly. Michael Parenti is one of the best antidotes to media misinformation. Jul 31, Possum Paderau rated it really liked it. Parenti is a fantastic writer. The conclusion of the book was powerful.


I just wish there were a 30 year anniversary edition that was updated with developments in the media since then. Things are very similar but have also changed a lot.

It was amazing how relevant this book is now despite its being 30 year old. Feb 16, Bryant Scott rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 and discusses media distortions up to that time.

Today, people can find nearly anything they want to h This book was required reading for a class I am taking. Today, people can find nearly anything they want to hear in the media, liberal or conservative. In order to get to the news that really matters and the truth, we have to dig deep.

Nov 26, Yuu Sasih rated it really liked it Shelves: A great book about media influence on people’s perspective, with all controls it gets from government, media owner, etc.

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How our mind could easily be manipulate for the sake of few people’s benefit. May 14, Des added it. Excellent overview of the function of the mass media today – utterly vindicated by Wikileaks revelations and the role aprenti the corporate media during and post-Wikileaks. Parenti at his best. The Politics of News Media.

Inventing Reality: The Politics of the Mass Media

He digs at the roots that sustain our public consciousness. Nov 22, Michelle Murray added it. May 26, Monica marked it as to-read Recommended to Monica by: 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 inventnig a slow reader. I better start getting them on tape! Nov 05, Christopher rated it really liked it. Quite shocking to me at the time. Aug 01, Michael Valletta rated it it was amazing. This is the truth. Sep 07, Brian Carnell rated it did not like it.


A Stalinist criticizing American media Classic book on cultural hegemony and how the plethora of medias manipulate society on a regular basis.

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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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