Wednesday Lecture Series


Wednesday Lecture Series 7 PM via Zoom

Wednesday, November 10 Wednesday Lecture Series  7pm    “The Culture Industry and the Mass Production of Ideology”

A major feature of Critical Theory is the analysis of how power is maintained in the postmodern world. According to The Frankfurt School, the mass media plays a central role.

We will watch videos about the Frankfurt School’s Culture Industry Theory. This is the notion that the mass media is creating a “manufactured consent” as Noam Chomsky would put it. Adorno and Horkheimer argue that culture and popular opinion are managed by the mass media. We will explore this basic concept.The first video is a brief introduction to the notion titled “What is Culture Industry?”  (3:56)

The second video is a philosophical and critical theory of popular culture and the impact of mass media on ideology. The Culture Industry – Adorno, Horkheimer, Neomarxism and Ideology  (18:31)