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Mass Culture and the Internet
Mass Culture and the Internet
Nick Dyer-Witheford
Introduction: Downloading the Culture Industry

With an Internet connection you can download a free copy of Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno’s ‘The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception’ (2002 [1947]: 94–136) and, also for free, globally share your thoughts about it across social media. Is the contradiction between the essay’s coruscating critique of commodified culture and its apparently costless worldwide circulation a signal that cornucopian digital networks have completely outrun the grasp of critical theory? Or do Horkheimer and Adorno truculently maintain their relevance even in the face of Google, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat? This chapter considers some moments in the short, fast history of the Internet and arguments made at ...

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