By Theodor Adorno, Stephen Crook
The Stars right down to Earth is the 1st number of Theodor Adorno's key papers at the irrational and mass tradition. The essays in The Stars right down to Earth supply an research of the irrational dimensions of recent tradition that's either well timed and traumatic within the Nineteen Nineties, even though they have been written by means of Adorno part a century in the past. Adorno's rules are appropriate to the knowledge of phenomena as it appears various as astrology and ``New Age'' cults, the facility of neo-fascist propaganda and the re-emergence of anti-Semitism, and the mental foundation of pop culture.
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However, there is no reason in principle why accounts of the interactional production of “self” could not articulate a model of the systematic production of individuals with high dependency-needs. Jay, “Adorno in America” in his Permanent Exiles. New York: Columbia University Press, 1986, pp. 133–6. Some parallels between Adorno and Baudrillard are noted below. Billig, Fascists: a Social Psychological View of the National Front. London: Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich, 1978, p. 41. Bauman, Modernity and the Holocaust.
20–1. , p. 71. Hassan, “The Culture of Postmodernism,” Theory, Culture and Society 2, 1985, pp. 119–32. Jay, The Dialectical Imagination, p. 247. Baudrillard, “Simulacra and Simulations,” in his Selected Writings. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1988, p. 182. 33 1 THE STARS DOWN TO EARTH: THE LOS ANGELES TIMES ASTROLOGY COLUMN INTRODUCTION The group of studies to which the content analysis of the Los Angeles Times astrology column belongs, sets as its aim the investigation of the nature and motivations of some large-scale social phenomena involving irrational elements in a peculiar way—fused with what may be dubbed pseudo-rationality.
Bauman asserts the “modernity” of the Holocaust in two senses. ” In fact, Adorno’s concerns and Bauman’s are distinct and complementary. While the Holocaust gave Adorno’s work its point and urgency, it is not his actual object of analysis. Neither is he directly concerned with the mechanics of fascist rule. Adorno’s concern, rather, is with the way fascist propaganda works, the threat it poses, in democratic societies. If a parallel is sought between Adorno’s American-based studies and the German experience, it surely relates to the Weimar period, to the ways in which agitation and propaganda were able to mobilize enough support to bring the Nazis to power.