MIT 2200 Tutorial 1 Culturalism Jan 16 th
TA: John Bosco Mayiga
Office Hours: Wednesday 12:301:00pm NCB 446A
The industrial revolution brings about more than just the upper class, the working class
is involved in the culture.
Changes the structure of housing (people moving to live beside the factories)
Concern about social order changing and causing disturbance to society because of too
much power in the hands of too many.
Thinks it’s important to use education as a way to distinguish classes and to put society
back to normal after the industrial revolution
Leavis+Arnold are thinking about the upper class
Leavis: lives in the earliest 20 century when things have changed technologywise
(advertising and media becomes a big cultural invasion)
He is much more concerned about the advertising of what high culture is.
He believes that everything is crap in the media, as if it is a cheap knock off. It makes
people lose sense of true quality knowledge.
He was concerned about the fact that he thought not everyone deserved to have
How social order is ruptured and distorted in the time of social media and consumerism.
Post War: Culturalism Movement
Still thinks in terms of class. However unlike Arnold and Leavis he is not thinking about
the upper class. He focuses on the working class.
Still worries about the industrialization
Worries about if the entertainment and the working class culture that has emerged is
lacking substance and true knowledge.
He thinks the over excitement of the films and newspapers is not good.
Education is still a key to order that is threatened by the mass media in society
Culture is not about class for him. He is very different than the other critics
There is no high or low culture.
It is a whole way of life, everything that anyone does depen