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Wilfrid Laurier University
Communication Studies
Ghislain Thibault

Mass Culture: Mass Media  “By the end of the 19 century, the ‘wired world,’ chiefly through the telephone and the telegraph, had extended the scope of previous communication. (..) These developments were paralleled and influenced by a century long transition to a predominantly industrial economy (…) and the emergence of ‘consumer society” (p134) Industrial Revolution (1780-1860)  Unprecedented urbanization  Development of railways  Mass production of goods  Creation of factories and of assembly lines “The domestic modes of production give way to the separation of capital and worker:” In the past you would work and earn capital through hard labor. Now, the ‘capitalist’ makes money off the worker.  We move from craft production to mass production  From the workshop to the factory  Marx criticism of capitalism “the abstraction of the product out of the real conditions of production” o The telegraph made possible the abstraction of the product, since people often speculated about the value of the good without ever really considered the product itself o The worker is just one part in a larger system o How would the workers accept that? Why would they move from complete craft control where they had control over what they were doing, to working for the capitalists where they had no control o They rebelled! o Charlie Chapman: assembly lines; we want to make workers more and more efficient all the time, as if they were machines themselves o They try to mechanize the lunch break! o The workers contribution is often taken for granted by the capitalist So why is the capitalist society prevalent?  The capitalist came up with the idea that they could give the workers just enough capital so they could afford to participate in the mass culture that they were creating (consumer goods)  The capitalist society created the middle class  Because the cost of the goods decreased, and the amount of goods increased, the capitalists needed to sell to more than the elite, and thus the workers were targeted  Suddenly people started buying things when they didn’t need them  Capitalists created the consumer! So thei
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