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The Resource Bread and Circuses : Theories of Mass Culture as Social Decay, Patrick Brantlinger, (electronic resource)

Bread and Circuses : Theories of Mass Culture as Social Decay, Patrick Brantlinger, (electronic resource)

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Bread and Circuses : Theories of Mass Culture as Social Decay
Title
Bread and Circuses
Title remainder
Theories of Mass Culture as Social Decay
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Patrick Brantlinger
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  • eng
  • eng
Summary
Lively and well written, Bread and Circuses analyzes theories that have treated mass culture as either a symptom or a cause of social decadence. Discussing many of the most influential and representative theories of mass culture, it ranges widely from Greek and Roman origins, through Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Ortega y Gasset, T. S. Eliot, and the theorists of the Frankfurt Institute, down to Marshall McLuhan and Daniel Bell. Brantlinger considers the many versions of negative classicism and shows how the belief in the historical inevitability of social decay-a belief today perpetuated by the mass media themselves-has become the dominant view of mass culture in our time. While not defending mass culture in its present form, Brantlinger argues that the view of culture implicit in negative classicism obscures the question of how the media can best be used to help achieve freedom and enlightenment on a truly democratic basis.--
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Brantlinger, Patrick.,
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In English
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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Open Access e-Books
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  • Classicism
  • Culture
  • Mass media
  • Mass society
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specialized
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Bread and Circuses : Theories of Mass Culture as Social Decay, Patrick Brantlinger, (electronic resource)
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https://doi.org/10.7591/9781501707643
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online resource
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. Three Versions of Modern Classicism: Ortega, Eliot, Camus
  • 7. The Dialectic of Enlightenment
  • 8. Television: Spectacularity vs. McLuhanism
  • 9. Conclusion: Toward Post-Industrial Society
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction: The Two Classicisms
  • 2. The Classical Roots of the Mass Culture Debate
  • 3. "The Opium of the People"
  • 4. Some Nineteenth-Century Themes: Decadence, Masses, Empire, Gothic Revivals
  • 5. Crowd Psychology and Freud's Model of Perpetual Decadence
Control code
9781501707643
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1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501707643
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.7591/9781501707643
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Bread and Circuses : Theories of Mass Culture as Social Decay, Patrick Brantlinger, (electronic resource)
Link
https://doi.org/10.7591/9781501707643
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. Three Versions of Modern Classicism: Ortega, Eliot, Camus
  • 7. The Dialectic of Enlightenment
  • 8. Television: Spectacularity vs. McLuhanism
  • 9. Conclusion: Toward Post-Industrial Society
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction: The Two Classicisms
  • 2. The Classical Roots of the Mass Culture Debate
  • 3. "The Opium of the People"
  • 4. Some Nineteenth-Century Themes: Decadence, Masses, Empire, Gothic Revivals
  • 5. Crowd Psychology and Freud's Model of Perpetual Decadence
Control code
9781501707643
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501707643
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.7591/9781501707643
Specific material designation
remote

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