Technology, propaganda, and Jaques Ellul


“In the midst of increasing mechanization and technological organization, propaganda is simply the means used to prevent these things from being felt as too oppressive and to persuade man to submit with good grace. When man will be fully adapted to this technological society, when he will end by obeying with enthusiasm, convinced of the excellence of what he is forced to do, the constraint of the organization will no longer be felt by him; the truth is, it will no longer be a constraint, and the police will have nothing to do. The civic and technological good will and the enthusiasm for the right social myths — both created by propaganda — will finally have solved the problem of man.” ~ Jaques Ellul

VIDEO – The Betrayal by Technology: A Portrait of Jacques Ellul -Full – French w/ Eng Subs –

Ellul’s Technological Society – SlideShare –

“If man–if each one of us–abdicates his responsibilities with regard to values; if each one of us limits himself to leading a trivial existence in a technological civilization, with greater adaptation and increasing success as his sole objectives; if we do not even consider the possibility of making a stand against these determinants, then everything will happen as I have described it, and the determinates will be transformed into inevitabilities.” ~ Jacques Ellul

The Technological Society, by Jacques Ellul –


“Technique has taken over the whole of civilization. Death, procreation, birth all submit to technical efficiency and systemization.” ~ Jacques Ellul


“Again I want to emphasize that the study of propaganda must be conducted within the context of a technological society. Propaganda is called upon to solve problems created by technology, to play on maladjustments, and to integrate the individual into a technological world.” ~ Jacques Ellul

“Propaganda begins when dialogue ends.” ~ Jacques Ellul

Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes –

Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes, Jacques Ellul (scanned .pdf) –

“Propaganda tries to surround man by all possible routes in the realm of feelings as well as ideas, by playing on his will or on his needs, through his conscious and his unconscious, assailing him in both his private and his public life. It furnishes him with a complete system for explaining the world, and provides immediate incentives to action. We are here in the presence of an organized myth that tries to take hold of the entire person. Through the myth it creates, propaganda imposes a complete range of intuitive knowledge, susceptible of only one interpretation, unique and one-sided, and precluding any divergence. This myth becomes so powerful that it invades every arena of consciousness, leaving no faculty or motivation intact. It stimulates in the individual a feeling of exclusiveness, and produces a biased attitude.” ~ Jaques Ellul

Jacques Ellul

Jacques Ellul

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