The “Culture Industry” Repackaged as Today’s Entertainment Industry

Theodore Adorno and Max Horkheimer were Jewish sociologists forced to flee Germany to the United States of America during World War II. These sociologists focused on the production of “Culture Industry” during the 1940s in their essay The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception. The “Culture Industry” is what modern Americans would call the “Entertainment …

Critical Theory

In “The Culture Industry,” Horkheimer and Adorno presented a dense description of their interpretation of the “culture industry” in which there is no true culture, but rather, what is perceived to be culture is actually just a replication of previous works made to appeal to the masses. The authors argue that there is no true …