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The age of the image and the number

Interesting post by Lance Strate on Jacques Ellul, Propaganda, and the Technological Society. Strate begins with Ellul’s argument that literacy and education make people more vulnerable to propaganda, rather than less: [L]iterate, well-educated people tend to think they’re immune to … Continue reading

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Of the making of laws there is no end

In previous posts, I’ve argued that “technique” can help explain New Labour’s economic policy and authoritarian tendencies. Another feature of government since 1997 has been the proliferation of new laws, with an estimated 2,685 laws having been introduced each year … Continue reading

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Politics and technique

I’ve recently picked up reading Jacques Ellul’s The Technological Society again, after a year or so’s hiatus (it’s a great book, but even the publisher has to concede in the blurb that Ellul writes with a “maddening thoroughness”). I’m glad … Continue reading

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