: 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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It is a necessary instrument of a state or institution to spread information to members of the group or society.

The freedom to express ideas is no longer at stake in this debate but it has been replaced by mastery and domination by the State or some powerful groups over the formation of opinion. Propagandes ; original French edition: If the propagandist attacks the network at one point, all myths react to the attack.

The propagandist must know the current tendencies and the stereotypes among the propavandes he is trying to reach.

It is crucial that jacque individual is never considered as an individual but always elllu terms of what he has in common with others. It momentarily subverts the habits, customs, and beliefs propagances were obstacles to making great leap forward by addressing the internal elements in each of us. Propaganda is the means by which an ideology can expand without force. The goals are determined by the government, party, administration, or pressure group.

All of this describes the “Mass-Government” relationship characterized by people demanding what has already been decided, in order to appear as though the government is actually caring about what the people need. But they cannot be trained by propaganda, kept in hand, channeled, and oriented. The Formation of Men’s Attitudes builds on prior notions of propaganda to demonstrate that while propaganda is psychological in nature it is just as much sociological in nature as well.

In so doing, man denies his own continuity; to the same extent that he lives on the surface of events and makes today’s events his life by obliterating yesterday’s news, he refuses to see the contradictions in his own life and condemns himself to a life of successive moments, discontinuous and fragmented. The individual would then realize that he “depends on situations of which he has no control” and have to face this reality.


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 poor can only be subjected to agitation propaganda, excited to the point of theft and murder. The creation of normalcy in our society can take one of two shapes.

Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Propaganda Quotes Showing of Refresh and try again. The individual does not mind being given preconceived positions because otherwise he would realize that he does not understand the problems of the modern world.

Massignon, a Frenchman like Ellul, was a Catholic mystic and scholar of Islam who also served as a mentor of sorts for Merton. This is one of the most rpopagandes and useful points for the propagandist, who can always be sure that a particular propaganda theme, statement, or event will be forgotten within a few weeks. In Ellul’s view, there is a “double foray on the part of propaganda that proves the excellence of one group and the evilness of another at the same time to create partitioning”.

The Political Economy of the Mass Media. Therefore, it is based on scientific analyses of psychology and sociology.

Ellul and Merton

A superior group is able to affect the lesser groups, however, groups that have an equal amount of influence will only separate further from one another in that a members allegiance to a group develops closed mindedness. The next part that the book discusses is psychological warfare. It is no longer to change adherence to a doctrine, but to make the individual cling irrationally to a process of action.

The more stereotypes in a culture, the easier it is to form public opinion, and the more an individual participates in that culture, the more susceptible he becomes to the manipulation of these symbols.

Public opinion can only express itself through channels which jaqcues provided by the mass media of communication without which there could be no propaganda.

Please help improve it by rewriting it in an encyclopedic style. He is what one calls committed – which is certainly what the Communist party anticipates, for example, and what the Nazis accomplished. No confrontation ever occurs between the event and the truth; no relationship ever exists between the event and the person. Often he has committed an act reprehensible by traditional moral standards and has disturbed a certain order; he needs a justification for this – and he gets more deeply involved by repeating the act in order to prove that it was just.


These two needs compliment and correspond to each other in the development of propaganda. Propaganda must be based on current beliefs and symbols to reach man and win him over. The State has the need to make propaganda to integrate citizens into its society, to disseminate information, and to increase participation and involvement of members of society.

Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes – Wikipedia

Propaganda employs encirclement on the individual by trying to surround man by all possible routes, in the realm of feelings as well as ideas, by playing on his will or his needs through his conscious and his unconscious, and by assailing him in both his private and his public life.

Once a mass society is created, public opinion will begin to play a role to help individuals form their own personal opinion. The vast majority of people, perhaps 90 percent, know how to read, but do not exercise their intelligence beyond this. He is obliged to continue to advance in the direction indicated by propaganda, for action demands more action.

Though Merton included several comments on technology that year in his book Conjectures jaques a Guilty Bystanderhe cited Lewis Mumford on the topic without referencing Ellul.

Vertical propaganda is similar to direct propaganda that aims at the individual in the mass and is renewed constantly. The 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.

Propaganda Quotes

Propaganda thrives off of what individuals have in common with others to develop patterns of behavior and modify cultural opinions. I am not far into it. More advanced propaganda can influence only a man who is not completely haunted by poverty, a man who can view things from a certain distance and be reasonably unconcerned about his daily bread, who therefore can take an interest in more general matters.

Harcourt,Brace Jovanovich, But here we must make an important qualification. The “current events man” is carried along the current of news and caught in the events of today, losing interest in the events of yesterday.