Bigger and his peers are caught in narratives of mass culture
and the hungers and fears inculcated by those narratives which glamorize the lifestyles of the rich and famous while demonizing the poor, particularly African Americans, and the politically radical, especially the Communists.
The Werkbund: Design Theory and Mass Culture
before the First World War.
He takes a broad approach while tracking trends, movements, and applications, starting with the idea of the scholarly study of mass communication and mass culture
in Germany and the US in the 1930s and 1940s, and refinements to research by such as Katz, Lazarfeld, Merton and Riesman in the 1940s and 1950s.
Rather, as the Ohrt project suggests, he's more directly engaged in a dialogue with Situationism, mimicking the disseminating structures of information in mass culture
(not to mention in the art world more locally) and thereby detourning them for audiences--and grabbing hold of the subtle sense of dissociation that attends our media-saturated contemporary experience in the process.
As an art historian more interested in mass culture
than elite art, Marling is finely tuned to the way things sustain ideas; she makes a strong argument for their centrality to popular celebration.
This latest study is, of course, the same claptrap that we've heard ever since TVs be came a common house-hold appliance; it participates in the venerable, centumes-old tradition of vilifying mass culture
ranging from novels to comic books to movies to popular music.
As she moves through the city's various social levels, her perception of it changes as she changes; the city erases memory but enlarges consciousness, both spiritualizes and de-spiritualizes, making her unhappy with her material rewards at the same time that its mass culture
defines "spirituality" in terms of them.
The first three chapters place Sallman in context in relation to the visual culture of American Protestantism; give useful biographical information; reflect on the cultural origins and meanings of the artist's religious imagery; and explore the "marketing of Jesus." The next two chapters present reactions to alternative views of Sallman's art--the evangelicals, on the one hand, and the critics of mass culture
, on the other.
He discusses key theoretical debates, including critiques of mass culture
, postmodernism, and the recent concept of "cultural turn." He then discusses the impact of this concept of an interactive process between individuals and the media and consumer products on the understanding of culture and everyday life in media, fashion, music, tourism, and counterculture.
Artists often worry about the manipulative power of mass culture
, and Borremans is no exception, but his subjects seem uninterested in controlling their own creations.
Both perceived Americanization as an integral cultural process that linked mass culture
to consumerism and, in turn, to selfish individualism and rampant materialism.
Of course, consumerism and sensationalism are precisely the elements of "mass culture
" that have been decried by Western critics since the first puff of industrialist steam signaled the start of the mass-culture age.