Jacques Ellul's Contributions to Critical Media Theory

Clifford G. Christians, Michael R. Real

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… Day after day the wind blows away the pages of our calendars, our newspapers, and our political regimes, and we glide along the stream of time without any spiritual framework, without a memory, without a judgment, carried about by “all winds of doctrine” on the current of history, which is always slipping into a perpetual past. Now we ought to react vigorously against this slackness—this tendency to drift. If we are to live in this world we need to know it far more profoundly; we need to rediscover the meaning of events, and the spiritual framework which our contemporaries have lost. —Jacques Ellul, The Presence of the Kingdom (p. 138)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-93
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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