Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Characteristics of Propaganda

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Characteristics of Propaganda

As stated by Ellul "without the scientific research of modern psychology and sociology there would be no propaganda". I was not aware that propaganda was such a scientific and complex issue. Ellul successfully explains the many characteristics and qualities of propaganda and there are many. Ellul brakes down the issue of propaganda into many categories showing its depth, for example democratic propaganda, modern propaganda, propaganda and the individual, propaganda and the media, etc... It is interesting to see that according to Ellu propaganda will take over everything, education, diplomacy, mass media, as well as personal contacts among individuals.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

Yes, he is trying to make a distinction between propaganda as an art practiced by an intuitive genius and the modern idea of propaganda as a science practiced by expert technicians, trained in the sciences and media. It becomes a technique that can be mass produced with standard operating procedures.

You mention a number of key terms. Next time choose one or two and discuss, analyze, react.

1/31/2006 12:13 AM  

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