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Mass culture: In critical theory, mass culture is a term used to describe the cultural products that are produced and consumed on a large scale. Critical theorists argue that mass culture is a product of capitalism, and that it is designed to manipulate and control consumers. See also Critical theory, Th. W. Adorno, M. Horkheimer, W. Benjamin, H. Arendt.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Walter Benjamin on Mass Culture - Dictionary of Arguments

Habermas IV 558
Mass Culture/AdornoVsBenjamin/ BenjaminVsAdorno/Habermas: on the question of the ideological character of mass culture, a front is formed between Adorno on the one hand and Benjamin on the other.
>Mass culture/Adorno
While Adorno (with Löwenthal and Marcuse) irreconcilably contrasts the experience of authentic art with cultural consumption, Benjamin persistently sets his hopes on the profane illuminations that are supposed to emanate from a mass art stripped of its aura.
>Art/Adorno, >Aura.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Ha I
J. Habermas
Der philosophische Diskurs der Moderne Frankfurt 1988

Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. I Frankfurt/M. 1981

Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. II Frankfurt/M. 1981

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