“Beauty today can have no other measure except the depth to which a work resolves contradictions. A…”

“Beauty today can have no other measure except the depth to which a work resolves contradictions. A work must cut through the contradictions and overcome them, not by covering them up, but by pursuing them.”

Theodor W. Adorno, “Functionalism Today”

“Although the culture industry undeniably speculates on the conscious and unconscious state of the…”

“Although the culture industry undeniably speculates on the conscious and unconscious state of the millions towards which it is directed, the masses are not primary, but secondary, they are an object of calculation; an appendage of the machinery. The customer is not king, as the culture industry would have us believe, not its subject but its object.”

Theodor W. Adorno, “Culture Industry Reconsidered”

“It would be advisable to think of progress in the crudest, most basic terms: that no one should go…”

“It would be advisable to think of progress in the crudest, most basic terms: that no one should go hungry anymore, that there should be no more torture, no more Auschwitz. Only then will the idea of progress be free from lies.”

Theodor W. Adorno, in Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius, by Detlev Claussen

“Culture, in the true sense, did not simply accommodate itself to human beings; but it always…”

“Culture, in the true sense, did not simply accommodate itself to human beings; but it always simultaneously raised a protest against the petrified relations under which they lived, thereby honoring them. In so far as culture becomes wholly assimilated to and integrated in those petrified relations, human beings are once more debased. Cultural entities typical of the culture industry are no longer also commodities, they are commodities through and through.”

Theodor W. Adorno, “Culture Industry Reconsidered”

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