Mass Media after Capitalism: towards a Proletarian Culture?

  • Carl Gardner
Part of the Communications and Culture book series (NCC)


In the first five years after the revolution in the Soviet Union, a fierce debate raged in the leading bodies of the government and the press over the status of what was called ‘proletarian culture’. This was one of the many debates on policy of all sorts which Tariq Ali alludes to elsewhere in this volume. Unfortunately that debate was not terminated by experiment and practice (where all such discussions ought to be resolved) but by the deadening hand of Stalinist orthodoxy, which within a decade had imposed ‘socialist realism’ by state edict over all fields of cultural work. I want to resurrect that debate.


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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    John Berger, A Painter of Our Time ( London: Writers’ and Readers’ Publishing Co-operative, 1976 ) p. 76.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Leon Trotsky, Literature and Revolution (Ann Arbor Press, 1960), p. 14.Google Scholar
  3. 7.
    Hans Magnus Enzensberger, ‘Constituents of a Theory of the Media’, in Raids and Reconstructions (London: Pluto, 1976).Google Scholar

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© Carl Gardner, Tariq Ali, Dave Bailey, David Glyn, Gary Herman, Ian Hoare, Claire Johnston, Mandy Merck, Roger Protz, Chris Rawlence, Leon Rosselson, Geoffrey Sheridan, Gillian Skirrow, John Thackara, Raymond Williams 1979

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