: Propagandes () by Jacques Ellul and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available now at great. Introduction. Jacque* EJluTs view of propaganda and his approach to the study Therefore. Ellul distinguishes various fonrts of propaganda and calls his book. 13 quotes from Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes: ‘To the extent that propaganda is based on current news, it cannot permit time for thought o.

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The individual is not in the battle because he is the stake and the battle will determine what voice he will be permitted to hear and which words will have the power to obsess him. For a time from to aroundpropaganda was simplistically viewed as being able to modify sentiments and attitudes of an individuals without their being conscious.

Wipf and Stock, Democratic regimes develop propaganda in line with its myths and prejudices. And as such people, moreover, will select the easiest, not the hardest, reading matter, they are precisely on the level at which the printed word can seize and convince them without ajcques.

The Political Economy of the Mass Media.

Below are two major themes the first stressing the psychological aims of propaganda the second the sociological aims. This article is written like a personal reflection, personal essay, or argumentative essay that states a Wikipedia editor’s personal feelings or presents an original argument about a topic. The second major element that a propagandist must understand is the environment in which the individual operates, mainly the focus on the interest of the public.

It is strictly a sociological phenomenon, in the sense that it has its roots and reasons in the need of the group that will sustain it. They are perfectly adapted to propaganda. It is believed to be a peace policy that is used between nations as a form of aggression. But here we must make an important qualification.


But the results are identical: In sociological propaganda even media that are not controllable such as individual art work, films, and writing reflect the ideology allowing for an accelerated penetration of the masses and the individuals within them. He is what one calls committed – which is certainly what the Communist party anticipates, for example, and what the Nazis accomplished.

Therefore, continuing propaganda must slowly create a climate first, and then prevent the individual from noticing a particular propaganda operation in contrast to propagandrs daily events. Being that the people in charge can’t escape the people, bait must be presented to them. This type of propaganda is more prominent and permanent, yet it is not as recognized as agitation propaganda because it is more permanent manner.

Since democracy depends on public opinion, it is clear that propaganda must be involved. January Learn how and when to remove this template message. Mass society is characterized by uniformity and material life despite differences of environment.

Propaganda Quotes by Jacques Ellul

This acts as a disguise that must be there to hide what is really happening behind the scenes in the government. Individuals want to be informed and to participate in the decisions of the state. Ellul took the view that prior attempts to define propaganda generally left out the sociological side.

The individual is viewed as the cornerstone of a democracy which is a form of government that is ppropagandes “for the people and by the people”. With information quantity is better than quality, the more political or economic facts believed to be mastered by an individual, the more sensitive their judgment is to propaganda.

No confrontation ever occurs between the event and the truth; no relationship ever exists between the event lelul the person. Moreover, there is a spontaneous defensive reaction in the individual against an excess of information and — to the extent that he clings unconsciously to the unity of his own person — against inconsistencies. It must operate on the individual at the level of the unconscious.


ellyl The challenge is creating an irrational response on the basis of prppagandes and factual elements by leaving an impression on an individual that remains long after the facts have faded away. Individuality is sacrificed for the greater cause of the nation by uniting him and blending him with others. Vertical propaganda is similar to direct propaganda that aims at the individual in the mass and is renewed constantly.

Massignon, a Frenchman like Ellul, was a Catholic mystic and scholar of Islam who also served as a mentor of sorts for Merton. Merton had also personally invited Ping Ferry to participate in jacaues retreat. Essentially sociological propaganda is to increase conformity with the environment that is of a collective nature by developing compliance with or defense of the established order through long term penetration and progressive adaptation by using all social currents.

The artificial, impersonal public opinion created by propaganda is absorbed by the individual and he becomes filled with its conviction.

Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes – Wikipedia

It involves meticulous encirclement that traps an individual involuntarily in dialectic. Outside of that, reading has no meaning and even destroys elllul automatic qualities of memory and observation.

He who acts in obedience to propaganda can never go back. This type of propaganda changes the public opinion of an opposing regime so that it can be in favor of their regime.

Propaganda Quotes

Though Merton included several comments on technology that year in his book Conjectures of a Guilty Bystanderhe cited Lewis Mumford on the topic without referencing Ellul. The jacquees part that the book discusses is psychological warfare. The relationship between democracy and propaganda evidently presents a conflict between the principles of democracy and the processes of propaganda.