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Philosophy Talk: Adorno and the Culture Industry

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Is truly great art possible under a capitalist system, or is capitalism destined to produce cultural crap?

What's your favorite movie? Did you watch that season finale last night? No spoilers! Popular cultures pervades modern life. But what if pop culture was actually more pernicious than we ordinarily think? Could it be systematically deceiving us—eroding our ability to think for ourselves and fight for change? That's what the 20th century German philosopher Theodor Adorno thought. The Philosophers get cultured on Adorno's life and thought with Adrian Daub from Stanford University, co-author of The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism. Sunday 9/06 at 11 am and Tuesday 9/08 at 6 pm