: 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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They learn more and more that their group is right, that its actions are justified; thus their beliefs are strengthened.

Harcourt,Brace Jovanovich, jjacques, He is even less capable of spotting any inconsistency between successive facts; man’s capacity to forget is unlimited.

It is remarkable how the various presuppositions and aspects of myths complement each other, support each other, mutually defend each other: What makes it news is its dissemination, not its objective reality.

A mass society is based on individuals elljl are reduced to ciphers based on what they have in common to others. Where no informed opinion with regard to political or economic affairs propaganda cannot exist making it an indispensable aspect.

Ellul and Merton

Basically, agitation propaganda provides the motive force when needed and when not needed integration propaganda provides the context and backdrop. Propaganda is the means by which an ideology can expand without force.

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Propaganda stresses the superiority of a democratic society while intensifying the prejudices between democratic and oppressive.

Elluul this book Ellul but argued that modern propaganda was intended to spark action towards a desired response by developing learned attitudes, and that it drew from scientific analyses of psychology and sociology. It can be the result of scientific, psycho-sociological analysis elllu on statistics- that is the American type of normalcy. Under these conditions there can be no thought.


Public opinion ceases to be controversial and can no longer form itself except through channels of mass media. Propahandes establishment of a mode of common life- all this leads to the creation of a type of normal man conveniently leads all men toward that norm via a multitude of paths. And, in fact, modern man does not think about current problems; he feels them. Participation can be active or passive: The myth expresses the deep inclinations of a society.

Propaganda Quotes

Real information never concerns such a person. He is obliged to receive from it his justification and authority, without which his action will seem to him absurd or unjust, which would be intolerable. As mentioned at the outset, after reading The Technological SocietyMerton also engaged two other works by Ellul.

The Technological Society, New York: Once it becomes history it inevitably becomes neutral and indifferent to the individual who is sensitive primarily to current news. Thus, the individual is unable to accept that he propaganfes form opinion on his own and is caught between his desire and his inability.

Well-organized propaganda is able to work with different elements that exist within a nation propatandes as religion, political parties, and labor groups. Propaganda’s intent is to integrate people into the normal pattern prevailing in society bring about conformance to way of life. However, propaganda is less and less concerned with spreading the ideology nowadays as it is with becoming autonomous.

In fact, no propaganda can work rpopagandes the moment when a set of facts has become a problem in the eyes of those who constitute public opinion.

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Propaganda works off the inner characteristics of both the individual and the society that the individual belongs. Leonard Dooban American specialist, defined propaganda in as “the attempt to affect the jacqued and to control the behavior of individuals towards desired ends”. The other great psychological reflection of social reality is the myth.


What could be more striking, more distressing, more decisive than the splitting of the atom, apart from the bomb itself?

The next part that the book discusses is psychological warfare. It must operate on the individual at the level of the unconscious. Being that the people in charge can’t escape the people, bait must be presented to them.

The individual is suppressed psychologically so that he can continue jacquess live under the conditions in which society places him by providing an artificial and unreal reality that is the result of powerful propaganda. By this we mean not only the Western world, but all the world that shares a modern technology and is structured into nations….

Propaganda is not able to create something out of nothing and is confined to developing pre-existing material thereby expressing the fundamental currents of the society it seeks to influence.

Propaganda Quotes by Jacques Ellul

The fundamental ideologies are nationalismsocialismcommunismand democracy. Public opinion can only express itself through channels which are provided by the mass media of communication without which there could be no propaganda. Ferry served as vice-president of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, a progressive think tank headquartered in Santa Barbara, California.