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The culture industry : selected essays on mass culture /

by Adorno, Theodor W; Bernstein, J. M.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Routledge classics .Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2001, c1991Description: viii, 210 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0415255341 (hbk); 0415253802 (pbk.).Subject(s): Popular culture -- History -- 20th century | Mass society -- History -- 20th century | Mass media -- Social aspects -- History -- 20th century | Civilization, Modern -- 1950-
Contents:
On the fetish character in music and the regression of listening -- The schema of mass culture -- Culture industry reconsidered -- Culture and administration -- Freudian theory and the pattern of fascist propaganda -- How to look at television -- Transparencies on film -- Free time -- Resignation.
Summary: The Frankfurt School of critical theory in the 1920s saw the birth of some of the most exciting and challenging writings of the twentieth century. It is out of this background that the author emerged. His finest essays are collected here, offering insights into his thoughts on culture. He argued that the culture industry commodified and standardized all art. In turn this suffocated individuality and destroyed critical thinking. At the time, he was accused by his many detractors of everything from overreaction to deranged hysteria. In today's world, where the influence of the media is more apparent, his work takes on a more immediate significance.
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

On the fetish character in music and the regression of listening -- The schema of mass culture -- Culture industry reconsidered -- Culture and administration -- Freudian theory and the pattern of fascist propaganda -- How to look at television -- Transparencies on film -- Free time -- Resignation.

The Frankfurt School of critical theory in the 1920s saw the birth of some of the most exciting and challenging writings of the twentieth century. It is out of this background that the author emerged. His finest essays are collected here, offering insights into his thoughts on culture. He argued that the culture industry commodified and standardized all art. In turn this suffocated individuality and destroyed critical thinking. At the time, he was accused by his many detractors of everything from overreaction to deranged hysteria. In today's world, where the influence of the media is more apparent, his work takes on a more immediate significance.

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