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The Culture Industry

The Culture Industry

The Culture Industry
Christian Lotz


The concept of the culture industry as it is presented in the chapter with the same title in the Dialectic of Enlightenment, is the most famous and most widely received and discussed concept in the entire tradition of critical theory and the Frankfurt School. The main reason for the attention that Adorno’s and Horkheimer’s analysis of the culture industry received and still receives can be seen in the authors’ strategy to push the concept of ideology, as it can be found in the early Marx, further into the twentieth century. They do this in order to allow readers to extend the critique of ideology to a wider spectrum of cultural, artistic, and entertainment phenomena. ...

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