Philosophizing Propaganda - Scholarship at UWindsor
... years ago by the editors of Propaganda Review entitled “What is Propaganda Anyway?”
(Darnovsky et al., 1989) The colloquium took off from the premises that “propaganda is a
slippery concept, difficult to define”, and that “propaganda has lost much of its meaning” (pp. 67). What is just as interestin ...
Semantics and Ethics of Propaganda
... terms of the totality of persuasive characteristics of a culture or society.
More recently, definitions have incorporated concerns about subtle, longterm but difficult to measure media effects. Also, many modern approaches to the subject have allowed that propaganda need not necessarily
be deliberat ...
The Techniques of Propaganda
... the earth is the center of the solar system in preCopernican times, but it would have been propaganda to suppress, censor, or conceal the ideas of
Copernicus or Galileo, as was done by the Catholic
Church until 1822. Propaganda nearly always conceals something: the purpose of the propagandist,
the m ...
Obsession with propaganda
... definition of propaganda as well as utilize some of the
common propagandist technique, but we can’t claim
they are equivalent to the films the Nazis used. Every
documentary has its own unique view or message that
it is trying to portray, but some are more blatant than
others, and some use more unsav ...
The Status of the Propaganda Theorist: A
... not thereby transform him into a propagandist any more than the ACLU's spirited
defense of the free-speech rights of American neo-Nazis makes it a Nazi sympathizer
or propagandist. On the contrary, Ellul's
role as commentator on propaganda, as a
ubiquitous phenomenon, is categorically
distinct from ...
The Candidate: An Ellulian Response to McGinniss`s The
There are other problems related to propaganda and the modern American political campaign addressed in
The Candidate as well, among them one that Ellul has also studied and defined in the past—“la
technique.” Ellul discussed this idea in perhaps his most famous work, The Technological Soc ...
Jacques Ellul (French: [ɛlyl]; January 6, 1912 – May 19, 1994) was a French philosopher, law professor, sociologist, lay theologian, and Christian anarchist. Ellul was a longtime Professor of History and the Sociology of Institutions on the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences at the University of Bordeaux. A prolific writer, he authored 58 books and more than a thousand articles over his lifetime, many of which discussed propaganda, the impact of technology on society, and the interaction between religion and politics. The dominant theme of his work proved to be the threat to human freedom and religion created by modern technology. Among his most influential books are The Technological Society and Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes.Considered by many a philosopher, Ellul was by training a sociologist who approached the question of technology and human action from a dialectical viewpoint. His constant concern was the emergence of a technological tyranny over humanity. As a philosopher and theologian, he further explored the religiosity of the technological society.In 2000 the International Jacques Ellul Society was founded by a group of former Ellul students. The society, which includes scholars from a variety of disciplines, is devoted to continuing Ellul's legacy and discussing the contemporary relevance and implications of his work.