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[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 8. Culture]

Full Idea

Critical theory said that culture unwittingly played the role of an advertisement for the way things are. Horkheimer and Adorno referred to this phenomenon as the 'culture industry'.

Gist of Idea

The 'culture industry' is an advertisement for the way things are


James Gordon Finlayson (Habermas [2005], Ch.1:04)

Book Reference

Finlayson,James G.: 'Habermas' [OUP 2005], p.4

A Reaction

An interesting perspective. However, absolutely everything is an advertisement for what it offers. I think this is especially true of moral (and immoral) actions.