Monday, March 06, 2006


A few weeks ago, I wrote a short paper for my contemp soc theory class called "Horkheimer, Adorno, and the Art of Podcasting". Horkheimer and Adorno, in the mid-1900s, argued that mass entertainment and culture is an industry with the purpose of profit (this, of course, is pretty obvious now), that the big business absorb all new forms of media and originality, and that entertainment has become homogenized- e.g. plots are similar, characters are the same, novels are written with the author consciously thinking about making it adaptable for the big screen, etc.

The issues of copyright vs creative common licenses and mass media and the culture industry vs indie entertainment are also pretty interesting.

Some links to check out:

Creative Commons
Downhill Battle
DB's Reasons to get rid of the major record labels
Free Culture
Media Revolution: Podcasting

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