Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Promoting Ideas

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Promoting Ideas

According to Jacques Ellul, the credibility and objectives of propaganda have evolved. Ellul argues, "propaganda is no longer a self-contained action, covering up for evil deeds." The spectrum of propaganda has expanded and is considered a more credible source for information. Propagandists now actively seek evidence to support their ideas or positions on a topic. Experiments and formulas are manipulated in order to remain factual and informative in promoting ideas. Modern American propaganda is based on scientific reasoning full of calculations and analyses of demographics, psychology, sociology and sciences.


Blogger Paul C said...

Propagandists must become more sophisticated as the people they try to influence become more sophisticated.The idea that facts are truth is nonsence.Henry Ford, the billionaire industrialist, once said: "there are lie's, there are lies, there are damn lies, and there are statistics."

1/31/2008 4:23 PM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post and a good comment.

You and Ellul are correct there are several different categories of propaganda, some which concentrate on the emotions, some which spin the facts and figures. Truth is a weapon of mass persuasion.

2/06/2008 10:11 PM  

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