A propaganda model for Hollywood

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This article proposes a Hollywood Propaganda Model, based on Herman and Chomsky’s original
theory for news media, to explain the ideological output of mainstream Hollywood. The five
filters are: concentrated ownership; the importance of merchandising; dependence on
establishment sources; the disproportionate ability of the powerful to create flak; and a dominant
ideology of ‘us’ versus the ‘Other’. The article acknowledges the limits of such a model but makes
the case that the filters are important overarching concerns in determining the ‘bounds of the
expressible’ and that countervailing forces such as the supposed left-wing beliefs of grassroots
Hollywood are of limited significance.
LanguageEnglish
Pages144-156
JournalWestminster Papers in Communication and Culture
Volume6
Issue number2
StatusPublished - 2009

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A propaganda model for Hollywood. / Alford, Matthew.

In: Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2009, p. 144-156.

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