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consumer culture

consumer culture  

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Media studies
See also advertising cultures; taste.1. A pejorative reference to modern Western society in terms of its domination by the marketing and consumption of goods and services (see also promotional ...
cultural studies

cultural studies  

The critical analysis of the texts and practices of everyday life in contemporary society: an interdisciplinary enterprise involving both the humanities and the social sciences. Its territory (in the ...
culture

culture  

The way of life of a people, including their attitudes, values, beliefs, arts, sciences, modes of perception, and habits of thought and activity. Cultural features of forms of life are learned but ...
culture industry

culture industry  

1. For Adorno and the critical theorists of the Frankfurt school, the mass-media entertainment industry and commercialized popular culture, which they saw as primarily concerned with producing not ...
demassification

demassification  

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1. A process in which a relatively homogeneous social collectivity (or one conceptualized as such) is broken down into (or reconceptualized in terms of) smaller, more diverse elements.2. The decline ...
elitism

elitism  

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Philosophy
The view that the formation of élites in some sphere is desirable, and that the status and privileges of existing élites are worth protecting. Plato is the most famous advocate of the view that ...
mass media

mass media  

The printed press, newspapers and magazines, radio, television, and Internet sites that purvey news, information, misinformation, and all shades of opinion. Mass media provide a platform for ...
mass society

mass society  

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A description of modern, industrial society as a mass of undifferentiated and alienated individuals. Mass society became an object of concern in the early nineteenth century and initially reflected a ...
media studies

media studies  

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Media studies
The academic investigation of the mass media from perspectives such as media sociology, media psychology, media history, media semiotics, and critical discourse analysis. It includes media-specific ...
negative dialectic

negative dialectic  

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A new form of dialectical thinking developed by Theodor Adorno in Negative Dialektik (1966), translated as Negative Dialectics (1973), which many regard as his magnum opus. Written with the explicit ...
popular Culture

popular Culture  

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1. Cultural artefacts or media content produced for mass audiences. This equates popular culture with commercial success. The formal features of mass-media content may be interpreted in terms of ...

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