Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: The Characteristics of Propaganda

Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Characteristics of Propaganda

Ellul states in his article about Intentions and Interpretations . "We forgot that between 1936 and 1939 Hitler made many speeches about his desire for peace, for the peaceful settlment of all problems, for conference" I thought that this is an interesting fact considering that he was the leader of War World II . "Propagaanda by its very nature is an enterprise for perverting the signifiance of events and of insinuating false intentionsions". This quote explains that Propaganda creates a lot of false facts. Hitler also states that he never expressed his feelings for war.
Ellul also states in his article about propaganda and truth. " The most generally held concept of propaganda is that it is a series of tall stories, a tissue of lies, and that lies are necessary for effective propaganda" .This quote means that it gets people to belief them when in fact it isnt true.


Blogger CBarr said...

But isn't Ellul in fact saying that propaganda can not be based on lies, but can be and is interpreted in a not so truthful way? And the way the public is swayed is in the moral areas rather than the factual material. "In propaganda, truth pays off-" What he suggests is that we need to be able to distinguish between fact and interpretation or presentation of the facts.

1/30/2006 9:49 PM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

Yes, it is true, lies are only the last resort. The danger of exposure is too great to be risked except in extreme situations. Ellul writes that propaganda is commonly confused with lies, but in fact the skilled propagandist avoids untruth in favor of half-truth or selective truth. And remember little human communication is based on fact. What is the truth of an idea, an image, a symbol?

1/31/2006 12:08 AM  

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