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 it is a fact that mass communication media create new needs ( for example , the existence of TV creates the need to buy a set and turn it on ) , it is even more the case when these means are used by propaganda .
is anti - democratic : we do not prepare it to become a democratic nation , for on the one hand we reinforce or continue the methods of its own authoritarian government ; and on the other , we cannot give the people , by such means ...
there can no longer be any respect for the minority opposition to the State — an opposition that , lacking the means of propaganda or at least any means that can compete with those of the State can no longer make its voice heard .
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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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