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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Second and this is a subtler process - governmental propaganda suggests that
public opinion demand this or that decision ... the government can no longer be
called authoritarian , because the will of the people demands what is being done
Propaganda suppresses the warning signals that his anxieties , maladjustments ,
rebellions , and demands once supplied . All this is also at work when
propaganda liberates our deepest impulses and tendencies , such as our erotic
Mass lends more weight to its demands , but those demands become less
decisive and radical . The mass union becomes peaceful and bureaucratic ; its 8
One can give the example of the American unions , which are the most powerful
in the ...
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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
CATEGORIES OF PROPAGANDA
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