A leading critic of the mainstream media, Chomsky is the author of “Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies” and (with Edward Herman) “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media”.
“Arguably the most important intellectual alive today” , Chomsky has written that those wishing to play a meaningful role in influencing public policy must begin with honest inquiry, and education of themselves and others, and that the means to carry out these first steps include “media and publishers who do not bend to state and private power” .
Other confirmed Conference speakers include documentary-maker John Pilger (The War You Don’t See), blogger Laurie Penny, radical publisher and activist Michael Albert (ZNet), and journalist Amira Hass (Haaretz).
Conference co-organiser Milan Rai (Peace News) said: “We’re honoured that Noam Chomsky will be speaking at this October’s Rebellious Media Conference. A conference about radical media without Chomsky would be like Wimbledon without Nadal.”
 Paul Robinson, New York Times, February 25, 1979
 Noam Chomsky, Radical Priorities (1985), p.394