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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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Hannah Arendt on Mass Culture - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 363
Mass Culture/ArendtVsAdorno/ArendtVsMarcuse/Arendt: Arendt takes a critical perspective on modern mass society. However, she rejects the basic assumption of the Critical Theory that modern society has led to de-individualization on a large scale (cf. Horkheimer/Adorno 1944(1); Marcuse 1967(2)). In her view, the opposite is the case: it is only the democratic mass society that creates individualism in a constitutive way.
Question: 1. What are the material and spiritual conditions underlying the phenomenon that modern mass society is a community of isolated job-holders whose carriers have lost their relationship to their common world - the human conditionality? 2. What is or what is the standard for social coexistence? See Society/Arendt.

1. Horkheimer, Max/Adorno, Theodor W., Dialektik der Aufklärung. Philosophische Fragmente, Amsterdam 1944.
2. Marcuse, Herbert, Der eindimensionale Mensch. Studien zur Ideologie der fortgeschrittenen Industriegesellschaft, Neuwied/Berlin 1967.

Antonia Grunenberg, „Hannah Arendt, Vita Activa oder Vom tätigen Leben“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018

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.

Arendt I
H. Arendt
Crises of the Republic: Lying in Politics. Civil Disobedience. On Violence. Thoughts on Politics and Revolution Boston 1972

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018

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