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We will read 'The Culture Industry' by T. W. Adorno.

Please note that this is NOT a bookclub for recreational / social purposes but instead a Meetup SPECIFICALLY FOR PEOPLE WITH A CRITICAL VIEW OF CONTEMPORARY ART AND CULTURE.

The text and our discussions require an understanding of and keen interest and background in matters of art and culture.

The aim is to deepen our understanding of the Culture Industry, its history and mechanisms, in order to be able to analyse, understand and counter the crisis which is engulfing contemporary art and culture globally, to end the critical silence with which this crisis is met, to initiate a critical, informed and polemical discourse about art which is currently silenced in the public realm, and to enable people who are looking for an alternative way to find and to collaborate with each other.

As you read this book at home please take notes of any questions, thoughts and passages that appear particularly relevant.

• What to bring

Copy of the book 'The Culture Industry' by T. W. Adorno,

some money for tea/coffee, and a contribution towards the hire of the room (we currently use the Garden Room at the Salisbury Centre which is £20 for two hours which we divide between attendees.)

I am an artist and art teacher with an interest in a wide range of fields and questions (philosophy, science, culture etc.). I am the co-founder of artistunderground.co.uk.

The Culture Industry: Selected Essays On Mass Culture
Routledge Paperback – 17 May 2001
by Theodor W. Adorno Culture industry
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The term culture industry (German: Kulturindustrie) was coined by the critical theorists Theodor Adorno (1903–1969) and Max Horkheimer (1895–1973), and was presented as critical vocabulary in the chapter "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception", of the book Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944), wherein they proposed that popular culture is akin to a factory producing standardized cultural goods—films, radio programmes, magazines, etc.—that are used to manipulate mass society into passivity.[1] Consumption of the easy pleasures of popular culture, made available by the mass communications media, renders people docile and content, no matter how difficult their economic circumstances.[1] The inherent danger of the culture industry is the cultivation of false psychological needs that can only be met and satisfied by the products of capitalism; thus Adorno and Horkheimer especially perceived mass-produced culture as dangerous to the more technically and intellectually difficult high arts. In contrast, true psychological needs are freedom, creativity, and genuine happiness, which refer to an earlier demarcation of human needs, established by Herbert Marcuse.

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CRITICAL THINKING - ADORNO: THE CULTURE INDUSTRY

The Salisbury centre

• What we'll do We will discuss 'The Culture Industry' by T. W. Adorno. Please note that this is NOT a bookclub for recreational / social purposes but instead a Meetup SPECIFICALLY FOR PEOPLE WITH A CRITICAL VIEW OF CONTEMPORARY ART AND CULTURE. The text and our discussions require an understanding of and keen interest and background in matters of art and culture. The aim is to deepen our understanding of the Culture Industry, its history and mechanisms, in order to be able to analyse, understand and actively counter the crisis which is engulfing contemporary art and culture globally, to end the critical silence with which this crisis is met, to initiate a critical, informed and polemical discourse about art which is currently silenced in the public realm, and to enable people who are looking for an alternative way to find and to collaborate with each other. As you read this book at home please take notes of any questions, thoughts and passages that appear particularly relevant. • What to bring Copy of the book 'The Culture Industry' by T. W. Adorno, some money for tea/coffee, and a contribution towards the hire of the room (we currently use the Garden Room at the Salisbury Centre which is £20 for two hours which we divide between attendees.) • Important to know

CRITICAL THINKING - ADORNO: THE CULTURE INDUSTRY

The Salisbury centre

• What we'll do We will discuss 'The Culture Industry' by T. W. Adorno. Please note that this is NOT a bookclub for recreational / social purposes but instead a Meetup SPECIFICALLY FOR PEOPLE WITH A CRITICAL VIEW OF CONTEMPORARY ART AND CULTURE. The text and our discussions require an understanding of and keen interest and background in matters of art and culture. The aim is to deepen our understanding of the Culture Industry, its history and mechanisms, in order to be able to analyse, understand and actively counter the crisis which is engulfing contemporary art and culture globally, to end the critical silence with which this crisis is met, to initiate a critical, informed and polemical discourse about art which is currently silenced in the public realm, and to enable people who are looking for an alternative way to find and to collaborate with each other. As you read this book at home please take notes of any questions, thoughts and passages that appear particularly relevant. • What to bring Copy of the book 'The Culture Industry' by T. W. Adorno, some money for tea/coffee, and a contribution towards the hire of the room (we currently use the Garden Room at the Salisbury Centre which is £20 for two hours which we divide between attendees.) • Important to know

CRITICAL THINKING - ADORNO: THE CULTURE INDUSTRY

The Salisbury centre

• What we'll do We will discuss 'The Culture Industry' by T. W. Adorno. Please note that this is NOT a bookclub for recreational / social purposes but instead a Meetup SPECIFICALLY FOR PEOPLE WITH A CRITICAL VIEW OF CONTEMPORARY ART AND CULTURE. The text and our discussions require an understanding of and keen interest and background in matters of art and culture. The aim is to deepen our understanding of the Culture Industry, its history and mechanisms, in order to be able to analyse, understand and actively counter the crisis which is engulfing contemporary art and culture globally, to end the critical silence with which this crisis is met, to initiate a critical, informed and polemical discourse about art which is currently silenced in the public realm, and to enable people who are looking for an alternative way to find and to collaborate with each other. As you read this book at home please take notes of any questions, thoughts and passages that appear particularly relevant. • What to bring Copy of the book 'The Culture Industry' by T. W. Adorno, some money for tea/coffee, and a contribution towards the hire of the room (we currently use the Garden Room at the Salisbury Centre which is £20 for two hours which we divide between attendees.) • Important to know

CRITICAL THINKING - ADORNO: THE CULTURE INDUSTRY

The Salisbury centre

• What we'll do We will discuss 'The Culture Industry' by T. W. Adorno. Please note that this is NOT a bookclub for recreational / social purposes but instead a Meetup SPECIFICALLY FOR PEOPLE WITH A CRITICAL VIEW OF CONTEMPORARY ART AND CULTURE. The text and our discussions require an understanding of and keen interest and background in matters of art and culture. The aim is to deepen our understanding of the Culture Industry, its history and mechanisms, in order to be able to analyse, understand and actively counter the crisis which is engulfing contemporary art and culture globally, to end the critical silence with which this crisis is met, to initiate a critical, informed and polemical discourse about art which is currently silenced in the public realm, and to enable people who are looking for an alternative way to find and to collaborate with each other. As you read this book at home please take notes of any questions, thoughts and passages that appear particularly relevant. • What to bring Copy of the book 'The Culture Industry' by T. W. Adorno, some money for tea/coffee, and a contribution towards the hire of the room (we currently use the Garden Room at the Salisbury Centre which is £20 for two hours which we divide between attendees.) • Important to know

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