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Jacques Ellul Quotes & Sayings
13 entries tagged including 4 subtopics.
Last updated May 2021
Jacques Ellul Topics
(Propaganda) proceeds by psychological manipulations, character modifications, by creation of stereotypes useful when the time comes - The two great routes that this sub-propaganda takes are the conditioned reflex and the myth
Thinking has become a superfluous exercise... purely internal, without compelling force, more or less a game.
The orchestration of press, radio and television to create a continuous, lasting and total environment renders the influence of propaganda virtually unnoticed precisely because it creates a constant environment.
The intellectual who wants to do her work properly must today go back to the starting point: the woman whom she knows, and first of all to herself. It is at that level, and at no other, that she ought to begin to think about the world situation.
The Holy Spirit alone can do this, the Holy Spirit alone can establish this link with one's neighbor.
Prayer holds together the shattered fragments of the creation. It makes history possible.
Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity.
Mass media provides the essential link between the individual and the demands of the technological society.
It is the emergence of mass media which makes possible the use of propaganda techniques on a societal scale.
In sum, thought and reflection have been rendered thoroughly pointless by the circumstances in which modern men and women live and act.
For the word is dialectical in itself and at the same time is integrated into the whole of existence. By this I mean that the word is intended to be lived.
All human language draws its nature and value from the fact that it both comes from the Word of God and is chosen by God to manifest himself. But this relationship is secret and incomprehensible, beyond the bounds of reason and analysis.
The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief
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