Theoretical Discussions and Arguments

Chapter

Abstract

In our age, the culture industry is something quite different from what Adorno and Horkheimer described or could even imagine in the twentieth century. Today, the masses can not only access the media but can also respond to the messages they receive. A key question that arises, then, is why the masses, even after gaining access to their own media, still adhere to the values of the capitalist system? Why haven't they achieved a class consciousness? This chapter seeks to answer those questions. Drawing on Jean Baudrillard's work, it reveals the semiotic aspects of the culture industry and describes the industry in the age of simulation and hyperreality. The author argues that the culture industry has now entered the micro level of our everyday life through shopping centers and the image of profusion. Further, he explores new aspects of the culture industry, such as a passion for participating in the media, the consumed vertigo of catastrophe, and masking the absence of a profound reality.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyFree University of BerlinBerlinGermany

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