Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without A Pause Reviews
Hmmm yeah huh.... where to start on Noam Chomsky, to attempt to summarise this mans life would take to long so instead I'll give you a link if you want to read up on THE MAN but here's a short BIO taken from that very link.
[b]Avram Noam Chomsky [/b](born December 7, 1928) is an Institute Professor Emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and creator of the Chomsky hierarchy, a classification of formal languages. His works in generative linguistics contributed significantly to the decline of behaviourism and led to the advancement of the cognitive sciences. Outside of his linguistic work, Chomsky is also widely known for his political activism and his criticism of the foreign policy of the United States and other governments. Chomsky describes himself as a libertarian socialist and a sympathizer of anarcho-syndicalism.
According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index, between 1980 and 1992 Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any living scholar, and the eighth most cited source overall.
Whether you agree or not with his views (Most right-wingers would love to see him disappear) he is a brilliant man, a thinker, an intellectual that can vulgarise his thinking so as to become accessible by all who listen to him speak. Although my opinions on syndicalism are still in a state of flux between corporatism and unionism (I used to be very corporate-oriented when it came to unions, but that's changing these days) , I can truly understand where he's coming from. And after this documentary I can say I'm in agreement with him on most arguments he makes. One thing is for sure, I'm picking up one of his books on my next book buying expedition (But I still have about 5 books left to read so far)
The doc, follows Noam Chomsky for a week on a Canadian tour. I noticed that Mr Chomsky, Mr. Info-Sponge, seemed to not know much about Canadian issues and politics, I felt he was holding back as to not offend anyone because he could go on and on about US and European issues, he reads 6 papers a day and over 80 periodical publications and that's just half his job, points out his wife, Dr. Carol Chomsky. I doubt he never read anything about Canadian affairs.
For a man his age, he really gets around; I doubt most people couldn't follow his schedule. Oddly enough for a social critic he's very soft-spoken even in his most opinionated moments. Never does he seem to pass as what right-wingers call bleeding-heart liberals.
The doc, is sadly lacking in momentum or cadence... it was like reading stereo instructions. It had no punch to it, but just like Zinn's doc, the subject of the doc is interesting enough to make the DVD worth the rental. What can I say; I like critics that have scathing sarcasm and biting cynicism about the right. But that's me; I don't hold punches when I got to say something, which makes for interesting debate sometimes.
So just a 3 outta 5 for the DVD but a 5 outta 5 for Noam