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Herbert Marcuse 1898 One of the founders of the Frankfurt School Came from an assimilated Jewish family at a time when Germany was not anti-Semitic WW 1 Changed this Influenced by German philosopher Martin Heidegger (believed that people made their own meanings- meanings not given by God or nature, and tragically most people don't engage in this process Agrees with Marxist critique of capitalism Departure from Economy as primary site of domination to Culture as primary site of domination Culture achieved autonomy since Marx’s time •An examination of culture Culture Industries such as radio and movies subject of examination by Critical Theory Culture Industries have created Mass Culture Mass Culture a cause of grave concern Culture industries produce brands Culture more pervasive than Work and can come to dominate people in ways that work never could: •Around the clock •Invasion of consciousness •Alters ways people think, feel and act •Insidious: at work people know they are being dominated- with culture the domination is invisibl
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