Jacques Ellul Quotes.
It is the emergence of mass media which makes possible the use of propaganda techniques on a societal scale.
No one knows where we are going, the aim of life has been forgotten, the end has been left behind. Man has set out at tremendous speed- to go nowhere.
Almost always, it is the conviction that ‘I am right’ or ‘my cause is the cause of justice’ that triggers violence. That is, …the moment propaganda does its work, violence is unleashed. And violence can be reduced by countering this propaganda.
Propaganda begins when dialogue ends.
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.
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.
When there is propaganda, we are no longer able to evaluate certain questions, or even to discuss them
The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief.
Prayer is not a discourse. It is a form of life, the life with God. That is why it is not confined to the moment of verbal statement.
Mass media provides the essential link between the individual and the demands of the technological society.
Propaganda does not aim to elevate man, but to make him serve.
The fact of knowing how to read is nothing, the whole point is knowing what to read.
Prayer holds together the shattered fragments of the creation. It makes history possible.
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 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.