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This book is an unrivalled indictment of the banality of mass culture - Adorno's finest essays are collected here, offering the reader unparalleled insights into Adorno's thoughts on culture.

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The creation of the Frankfurt School of critical theory in the 1920s saw the birth of some of the most significant writings of the 20th century. It is out of this background that the critic Theodor Adorno emerged. This selection of his essays offers insights into Adorno's thoughts on culture.

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The creation of 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 great critic Theodor Adorno emerged. His finest essays are collected here, offering the reader unparalleled insights into Adorno's 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, Adorno was accused of everything from overreaction to deranged hysteria by his many detractors. In today's world, where even the least cynical of consumers is aware of the influence of the media, Adorno's work takes on a more immediate significance. The Culture Industry is an unrivalled indictment of the banality of mass culture.

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Adorno's observations are outdated and many of them should have been dis-credited. His views on popular culture are biased and due to his middle class ?litist lifestyle, they do not identify with the lifestyle and preferances of the ordinary Joe Soap.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780415253802
Author:
Adorno, Theodor Wiesengrund
Author:
Bernstein, J. M.
Author:
Adorno, Theodor Wiesengrund
Publisher:
Brunner-Routledge
Location:
London
Subject:
History
Subject:
Civilization, Modern
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Postmodernism
Subject:
Mass society
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Civilization, Modern -- 1950-
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Routledge Classics
Series Volume:
no. 01-7
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
viii, 210 p.
Dimensions:
7.72x5.04x.68 in. .56 lbs.

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Product details viii, 210 p. pages Brunner-Routledge - English 9780415253802 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The creation of the Frankfurt School of critical theory in the 1920s saw the birth of some of the most significant writings of the 20th century. It is out of this background that the critic Theodor Adorno emerged. This selection of his essays offers insights into Adorno's thoughts on culture.
"Synopsis" by , The creation of 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 great critic Theodor Adorno emerged. His finest essays are collected here, offering the reader unparalleled insights into Adorno's 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, Adorno was accused of everything from overreaction to deranged hysteria by his many detractors. In today's world, where even the least cynical of consumers is aware of the influence of the media, Adorno's work takes on a more immediate significance. The Culture Industry is an unrivalled indictment of the banality of mass culture.
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