Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Ellul on Political Propaganda

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Ellul on Political Propaganda

Ellul writes that political propaganda is a universally sound mechanism to influence a group of people to think a certain way and see things a certain way. He writes that psychology and sociology work hand and hand in modern propaganda. He writes that without scientific research of psychology and sociology there would be no modern propaganda. Propaganda would still be in infantile stages.
Ellul makes another good point in this reading. He writes that propaganda, to be effective can not be concerned with too much detail. Mostly because it's almost impossible to win men over one at a time. It has to be in a group, not in an isolated individual. Propaganda in nature is too get in people's head and try to instill in them a certain point of view.

Scott Filaski


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good summary of one of Ellul's arguments. Keep posting.

1/31/2006 12:15 AM  

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