Friday, March 11, 2005

Cultural Industry

Cultural Industry (as viewed from the elitist point-of-view), is production of cultural goods in the manner of industrial assembly-line manufacturing, with profit as the main objective. The production operations has became standardized repetitive operations, resulting in standardized, passive consumption patterns.

The influence of this "turn" among others are commercial marketing of "popular" culture (dumbing down the high arts), and domination and manipulation of indifferent masses consuming homogeneous "mass culture". This enjoyment is deliberately created to have a soporific effect.

Soporific effect refers to regressive kind of consumption that leads to repressing natural thinking process, that leads to pacific and escapic behavior, which in turn provides the chance for authorianism to rule.

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