Friday, 8 October 2010

Modernism, Media and Propaganda Quotes

In A 1941 Radio address, George Orwell asserted that “propaganda in some for or other lurks in every book, that every work of art has a meaning and a purpose-a political, social and religious purpose-and that our aesthetic judgements are always coloured by our prejudices and beliefs.”
(Wolleger, 2006: xi)

Orwell’s address offered what became the standard account of the fate of modernism in the interwar years.
(Wolleger, 2006: xi)

…we can recognize that both modernism and propaganda provided mechanisms for coping with information flows that begun to outstrip the processing capacity of the mind, both fabricated new forms of coherence in response to new experiences of chaos.
(Wolleger, 2006:xiii)

Neither uniformly antithetical nor identical, then, modernism and propaganda were sometimes agnostic, sometimes allied, and sometimes nearly indistinguishable.
(Wolleger, 2006: xiv)

Wolleger, Mark (2006) Modernism, Media, and Propanganda, Woodstock: Princeton University Press.