System Of A Down – Boom

A 2003 worldwide peace protest against the Iraq war is highlighted in the video of this song by Armenian-American rockers System Of A Down.

The lyrics suggest corporations have a role to play in world conflicts, perhaps seeking to establish new markets for their products. The concept of “manufacturing consent” is also referenced. This comes from linguist Noam Chomsky (who got it from writer Walter Lippman).

“Manufacturing consent” is a nuanced term. But it argues the media produces propaganda supportive of conflict because of its ties, for information from government, and for financial support from advertisers.

The degree to which this is the case is disputed. Still, the concept is important for forcing us to critically think of the media and its role in setting agendas based on what it reports.

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