Pertaining to society; relating to men living in society. or to the public as an aggregate body; as social interests or concerns; social pleasures; social benefits; social happiness;
social duties. True self-love and social are the same.
E. Fromm, 'Escape from freedom', Holt Paperbacks: 1994.
J. Ellul, 'Propaganda: The formation of Men's attitudes', Vintage: 1973.
'In November 1957, a Bordeaux association organized a lecture on the atomic bomb by a well known specialist; the lecture would surely have been of great interest (and not for propaganda purposes). A wide distribution of leaflets had announced it to the student public, but not a single student came. Why? Because this happened at exactly the same time as Sputnik's success, and the public was concerned only with this single piece of news; its sole interest was in Sputnik, and the permanent problem was 'forgotten'.
'The experience of contradiction is certainly one of the prevalent experiences in our society. But man cannot endure contradiction; anxiety results, and man struggles to resolve the contradiction in order to dissolve his anxiety.
C.J. Sommerville, 'How the news makes us dumb: the death of wisdom in an information society', IVP Books: 1999
'The product of the news business is change, not wisdom. You need to go elsewhere for wisdom. Wisdom has to do with seeing things in their largest context, whereas news is structured in a way that destroys the larger context. You have to do certain things to information if you want to sell it on a daily basis. You have to make each day's report seem important. And you do that by reducing the importance of its context.
'When we don't visit our most basic beliefs, our thinking becomes shallow.''Nothing is more common nowadays than to have someone interrupt a serious discussion with the objection "Who's to say what the truth is anyway?" or "If that's your opinion, that's fine for you". Why do we say this? Nobody in their innermost heart believes that standards of truth are unreal. Academics, who often describe themselves as relativists, would lost their authoritative, elite position if relativism were taken seriously, and their students would have to grade themselves. But a flippant relativism has become a habit with us, a habit encouraged by the "evenhandedness" of the news.