- Subject index
Understanding Representation offers an accessible, engaging, and genuinely interdisciplinary introduction to the concept of representation. Drawing together the ideas, practices, and techniques associated with the subject, this book puts them in historical context and demonstrates their relevance to everyday life. Topics include linguistic and political representation, art and media, and philosophical and cognitive approaches.
Chapter 5: Representation in the Consciousness Industries: Art and the Mass Media
Representation in the Consciousness Industries: Art and the Mass Media
Let me start with Friedrich Nietzsche:
the contrast between this real truth of nature and the lie of culture that poses as if it were the only reality is similar to that between the eternal core of things, the thing-in-itself, and the whole world of appearances. (1967: 61)
This chapter explores the ‘lie of culture’ and its relationship with the inaccessible and limitless ‘real truth of nature’. The space in society perhaps most committed to ‘the whole world of appearances’ is what Stuart Cunningham and Graeme Turner have called ‘the cultural industries’ or ‘the consciousness industries’. This is the home of art and mass media, the industry sector ...