Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes
Vintage Books, 1973 - 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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A second characteristic of public opinion is that it cannot express itself directly ,
but only through channels . A constituted public opinion is as yet nothing , and
does not express itself spontaneously . It will express itself in elections ( when ...
More and more we know , for example , that public opinion does not express itself
at the polls and is a long way from expressing itself clearly in political trends . We
know , too , that public opinion is very unstable , fluctuating , never settled .
changes are rapid , policy changes would have to be equally rapid ; to the extent
that opinion is irrational , political action would have to be equally irrational . And
as public opinion , ultimately , is always " the opinion of incompetents , ” political ...
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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
CATEGORIES OF PROPAGANDA
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