Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Modern Propaganda

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Modern Propaganda

According to Jaques Ellul "Modern Propaganda is based on scientific analysis of psychology and sociology." I feel this true to an extent, but i feel that propaganda is really a manipulation of the mind to make you think the way people want you think, see what they want you to see. In reference to the topic of psychology and sociology, i feel that what he's saying is partially bogus because what we learn in those areas are based on tests and statistics people recover from who knows where and were supposed to beilieve what is said. i know i personally have never been a statistic in a psychological study.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

An interesting and thoughtful post.

What propagandists do is to use the knowledge provided by psychologists and sociologists to help them understand the public and mass psychology. Test results and statistics help us to understand society and the individual, that knowledge can be used by marketers, advertisers and yes, propagandists.

2/12/2007 10:54 PM  

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