By Robert E. Babe
This publication addresses the infamous cut up among the 2 fields of cultural experiences and political economic climate. Drawing at the works of Harold Innis, Theodor Adorno, Raymond Williams, Richard Hoggart, E.P. Thompson, and different significant theorists within the fields, Robert E. Babe exhibits that political economic system may be reconciled to definite points of cultural reports, fairly with reference to cultural materialism. Uniting the 2 fields has confirmed to be a fancy venture notwithstanding it makes functional feel, given the shut interplay among political financial system and cultural experiences. Babe examines the evolution of cultural stories over the years and its altering courting with political economic climate. The intersections among the 2 fields focus on 3 topics: the cultural biases of cash, the time/space dialectic, and the dialectic of knowledge.
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201 For Innis, an undue emphasis on space and lack of concern for time (duration, continuity) is the tragic flaw of our contemporary civilization. ”202 What, then, are some of the “disastrous consequences”? ”206 • Instability. ”207 • Lapse of morality. Innis cites Wyndham Lewis: “The modern ‘clerks’ consider everything only as it exists in time, that is as it constitutes a succession of particular states, a ‘becoming,’ a ‘history,’ and never as it presents a state of permanence beyond time,”208 which is to say ideals and enduring values.
78 Adorno and Horkheimer summarized: “The prestige seeker replaces the connoisseur. . ”79 “Low” or popular art likewise is diminished, in Adorno’s view. No longer the authentic voice of working people, low art has been taken over and commodified by the culture industry. ”81 Dialectic of Art Music, like all art, for Adorno, is intrinsically dialectical. ” 26 Chapter One The “disciplining function” of music has long been known. But, in the age of the culture industry, the contradictions are taken to a new level.
71 However, as noted by Stephen Crook, using mass-produced commodities to construct “identities” or “lifestyles” actually entails a good deal of conformity, Genealogy of Political Economy 25 and hence this practice can be understood as affirming Adorno’s essential position: “The successful adoption of a lifestyle is only possible, only recognizable as such on the basis of conformity,” Crook writes. 76) Fulfilling the important role of critique was possible, according to Adorno, only because and to the extent that artists were free from pressures to conform.