The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind

Cosimo, Inc., 2006 - 139 pagina's
The rise of mass media has changed the way societies think, and that they can think as a whole. French psychologist and sociologist GUSTAVE LE BON (1841-1931) recognized that late in the 19th century when he wrote what would become a foundational work of the study of the psychology of the masses. From criminal juries to parliamentary assemblies, religious sects to economic classes, Le Bon explores the nature of the many and varied collective consciousnesses that impact the very functioning of modern civilization. First published in French in 1895 and in English in 1896, The Crowd was a profound influence on Freud, Hitler, and Mussolini, and it is a must read for anyone who wants to understand everything from the power of advertising to the sway of propaganda, from the functioning of elections to the influence of the grass roots ALSO FROM COSIMO: Le Bon's The Psychology of Revolution

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Lots of words used to convey simple ideas. Groups are not the average of their individual components; they are a less intelligent more emotional version. Volledige review lezen

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I picked up this book after reading Ann Coulter's Demonic. In her book, she uses the study of mob (what in Le Bon's time was referred to as "crowd") to illustrate how correct he was and how human ... Volledige review lezen

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The Mind of Crowds
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter II
The Leaders of Crowds and Their Means
Chapter IV
The Classification and Description
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V

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Pagina 4 - Whoever be the individuals that compose it, however like or unlike be their mode of life, their occupations, their character, or their intelligence, the fact that they have been transformed into a crowd puts them in possession of a sort of collective mind which makes them feel, think, and act in a manner quite different from that in which each individual of them would feel, think, and act were he in a state of isolation.
Pagina 2 - The sentiments and ideas of all the persons in the gathering take one and the same direction, and their conscious personality vanishes. A collective mind is formed, doubtless transitory, but presenting very clearly defined characteristics. The gathering has thus become what, in the absence of a better expression, I will call an organised crowd, or, if the term is considered preferable, a psychological crowd. It forms a single being, and is subjected to the law of the mental unity of crowds.
Pagina 1 - From the psychological point of view, the expression "crowd" assumes quite a different significance. Under certain given circumstances, and only under those circumstances, an agglomeration of men presents new characteristics very different from those of the individuals composing it. The sentiments and ideas of all the persons in the gathering take one and the same direction, and their conscious personality vanishes.

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