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This analytical approach is applied to topics such as depictions of violence, the role of ratings codes, the horror and suspense genre, historical accuracy in film, and sexual identities, and then demonstrated through works like JFK , The Silence of the Lambs , The Texas Chain Saw Massacre , Psycho , and A Clockwork Orange.

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Each chapter shows a different approach to reconstructing audience responses to films, consistently and ingeniously finding traces of what would otherwise appear to be unrecoverable information. Using vivid examples, charting key concepts, and offering useful syntheses of long-standing debates, Perverse Spectators constitutes a compelling case for a reconsideration of the assumptions about film reception which underlie contemporary scholarship in media studies.

Fred Ginger and RKO. Theorizing Chemistry in Entertainment via Neuroscience. Droits d'auteur. Screen couple chemistry: the power of 2 Martha Nochimson Affichage d'extraits - Van Dyke woman X-Files. Informations bibliographiques. For Adorno, the more culture becomes commercialised, the less space exists for freedom of thought, radical thought and oppositional discourse. The symbolic flattening out of tensions reflects how the broader project of consumer capitalism spuriously provides a false harmony in the face of societal tensions.

I now move on to the core concept of regression. For Adorno, this is the result of reification and fetishisation of the cultural artefact. However, resistance is no longer possible in the face of such total commercialisation. For Adorno, the correlate of this fetishisation is the regression of listening. Thus, contemporary listeners never get the opportunity to develop because the cultural goods are standardised, fetishised and reified.

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However, in line with the theory of commodity fetishism, the listeners do not demand more than the reified product, as the substitute is mistaken for the authentic. Their total alienation manifests in the acceptance and liking of the substitute fetishised product. Their retardation is at the hands of the commodification process. Thus, the listener vaguely suspects that the cultural offerings are not as progressive or fulfilling as they promise, but because the offerings are so dominant, their only option is to repress any sense that there might be something else beyond them.

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This is an occasion of sadness for the audience rather than a rebuke from Adorno. Thus, both the fetishised product and the regression of listening associated with it align to make a powerful totality. This deconcentration is part of the overall theory of regression insofar as listeners gradually learn to accept less complex forms and also pay less attention to the cultural form. They expect a more instant gratification based on stylistic treatments manufactured only to create a temporary response.

This overall standardisation is how the listener recognises the piece. Therefore, in a compounding of their own alienation, the listeners reject alternates. When occasionally some unusual musical trope appears, it is included with an appearance of harmlessness. As we have seen, Adorno proposes that the consumer of such cultural goods does have a sense of a vague discontent with these industrialised products. Thus, when the novelty or charm of a cultural product wears off, another substitute is offered in return for the cycle to begin again.

Because of the substitution of the immediacy of musical experience with exchange value, no demands are placed on the industry to change. Thus, through the fetishisation and regression process, a continuous Faustian bargain takes place which trains the listener in an almost Pavlovian way, to demand familiarity. On the part of the industrial producer, the demands are met in accord with maintaining profits. They must train both listener and producer to continue the regressive cycle. The individual is a microcosm of what forms a collective.

For Adorno, enjoying the consumption of commodified cultural goods, along with the consumption of commodities, requires the sort of spare time that comes with material comfort. It seeps into what might be considered more elite circles. Thus, the progressives wish to use the notions of taste and the liking of these musical products as a measure of popularity. Thus, the regressed listener is conservative, conventional and potentially complicit with power, even if that power is corrupt.

Thus, the higher potential of music and culture more broadly is undermined. He ends his piece with a warning and yet a hope in terms of how artists engage with such a project:.

In music, too, collective powers are liquidating an individuality past saving, but against them only individuals are capable of consciously representing the aims of collectivity. Adorno, As DeNora observes:. His work explored the failure of reason that culminated in the catastrophic events of the twentieth century: the rise of fascism, genocide, terror, and mass destruction. More specifically, he sought to understand what he perceived as a transformation of consciousness, one that fostered authoritarian modes of ruling.

DeNora, His work highlights culture as a means by which reality is constituted. This forces us to look at the limits to the commodification of culture. Rather, we should see culture as a socio-cognitive site within a broader societal zeitgeist. The groundswell of opposition to the neoliberal project seems ineffectual in deposing such structures.

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In this way, the role of culture and communication from an Adornian perspective opens up a broader discussion of how culture has been altered through commercialism and how culture is linked to consciousness itself. In an administrated system, the perceived pleasures and benefits of total commodification outweigh the imperative to disobey. The gilded cage is more fun.

Likewise, it is important to recognise how we receive culture. In short, he witnessed the increasing commodification of culture, and the profound ways in which that influenced its reception and use. Prior to that, the listener had to hear the whole.

It is interesting to note that despite the introduction of the long playing record LP in , the triumph of the three-minute hit radio song continues. Also of importance in connecting Adornian thought with the contemporary is an understanding of the communality of listening. In this context of individual entertainment bubbles, the collective is fragmented and powerless to act against the power structures of neoliberalism. Atomised listening, watching, sharing, liking, and tweeting are thus deeply political.

Financial capital prevails over the wellbeing of state and citizen as they take comfort in contemporary, standardised, globalised projects, such as The X Factor. This crisis is not merely about debating which flavour of capitalism we choose in the future on the assumption that socialism or any alternates have had their day.

It seems that in our digital age with all the hubris of its revolutionary potential, political institutions are, at best, unresponsive, and at worst, complicit with the current form of environmentally destructive capitalism. We must not, however, dismiss Adorno simply because we think that on points he erred. What is of value in Adorno transcends all of this.

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Above all, Adorno bequeathed a perspective. Thus it seems right to subject this perspective to the test of criticism, to interact with it across time and culture. The postmodern, cultural and neoliberal turns subsequently provided vehicles for a reification of instrumental reason as it was evolving.

We are experiencing an unprecedented fusion of cultural commodification, economic and environmental crisis.

It can have been designed for one purpose only, that of maintaining the highest standards of obfuscation throughout. Her research, funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency EPA , centres on the media and cultural industries and their role in fostering discourse around consumption practices and environmental sustainability. Other research interests include the political economy of digital media, production of culture, Theodor Adorno and sustainability of digital media technology. October 48— Original work published October 56— Adorno TW On the fetish character in music and the regression of listening.

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