Anybody interested in reading further? it's part of the introduction of a paper
I ran it through deepL translator and made some adjustments, it will take some time to translate but I'm rather concerned if it is of interest at first.
>If one thinks of Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno, it becomes difficult not to associate at least the latter with an elitist gesture. Wasn't it Adorno who attacked jazz and called the amusement of Hollywood films a 'steel bath'? Doesn't Adorno begrudge the working masses this amusement that has become a commodity, even though it is one of the last pleasures that the masses will have? Adorno's texts, and among them the 'Dialectic of Enlightenment', which he wrote together with Horkheimer, do not skimp on judgments about and criticism of bourgeois-capitalist society; judgments that one in mind perceives from a pulpit. Where does this supposed elitism come from? The accusation, directed primarily at Adorno, is fed by the concept of the masses. Like many cultural critics before, Adorno and Horkheimer also used it. With the distinction between mindless mass and conscious individual, a majority of society is denied its status as autonomous individuals. That status, it seems, is reserved for people like Adorno and Horkheimer. The 'Dialectic of the Enlightenment', especially the famous chapter on the culture industry, judges a society in which individuals no longer seem to be capable of thinking, but are instead urged to conform and thus mature into a threatening mass that suffocates all thinking and differentiating activity.
In the work of Adorno and Horkheimer, the term mass functions as a representation of society. For them, the mass is a structural feature, if not society in its totality in general. Adorno and Horkheimer do not accept the mass as a given, but describe a history of civilization, at whose end the mass appears as the product of a blinded (non-reflective, purely pragmatic) Enlightenment. A society as a totality that has gained independence from its constituting individuals and in turn forms the individuals, who perceive society as second nature and submit to its dictate of reproducing social and economic conditions.
It's about the concept of the mass in history and in the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, it is based on readings of the Dialetic of Enlightement and an article Adorno wrote and titled Society
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