Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1965 - 320 Seiten
From one of the greatest French philosophers of the 20th century, comes a seminal study and critique of propaganda. Taking not only a psychological approach, but a sociological approach as well, Ellul's book outlines the taxonomy for propaganda, and ultimately, it's destructive nature towards democracy. Drawing from his own experiences fighting for the French resistance against the Vichy regime, Ellul offers a unique insight into the propaganda machine.
"A far more frightening work than any of the nightmare novels of George Orwell. With the logic which is the great instrument of French thought, Ellul] explores and attempts to prove the thesis that propaganda, whether its ends are demonstrably good or bad, is not only destructive to democracy, it is perhaps the most serious threat to humanity operating in the modern world."--Los Angeles
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Just as technicians are needed to make films and radio broadcasts , so one needs " technicians of influence " -sociologists and psychologists . But this indispensable administrative organization is not what we are speaking of here .
These groups employ lobbying to influence the government and the classic forms of propaganda to influence the public ; through films , meetings , and radio , they try to make the public aware of their ideological aims .
But at the same time they are protected by them against such external influences as propaganda . An individual can be influenced by forces such as propaganda only when he is cut off from membership in local groups .
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - jaygheiser - LibraryThing
Although I take issue with some of the details, this book, written 40 years ago by a French legal scholar, resonates with me, and explains much of what I have observed. Concept of horizontal vs. vertical propaganda, or 'social' propaganda. Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - NoirLibrarian - LibraryThing
Ellul, a French philosopher, sociologist, and theologian, disputes the notion that propaganda is “the work of a few evil men, seducers of the people, cheats and authoritarian rulers who want to ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
CHAPTER 1The Characteristics of Propaganda
Propaganda and Truth
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