“I want to focus on Adorno because he wrote the key chapters in The Dialectic of Enlightenment. He developed the concept of the culture industry, and this is extremely significant for me, because in my work, not only on fairy tales but on literature in general, I wanted to try and understand to what extent we are conditioned through the mass media to understand the world. Adorno developed a thesis about how the monopoly of the culture in the United States was controlled by a few key players. He maintained that they basically sought to dumb down the people so that they do not understand complicated mediations in our lives. Therefore, we are easily controlled. In this respect he was also critiquing Nazism and neo-fascist tendencies in the United States.” Read more...
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