What does this mean? why would you agree or disagree?

‘Opposition to mass culture and complains about falling standards often amounts to no more than a lament about a changing world’ - Frankfurt School

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This quote means that people who disagree with how a society operates and think things are no longer the same are simply resisting change and believe life was better 'before'. The classic "that wouldn't have happened in my day" or the common belief that children were more respectful way back when or that exams were harder 5, 10, 15 years ago are all examples of what this quote is arguing. I do not necessarily agree with this view, I would argue that it is a beneficial thing if you can draw on elements from the past to enable a society to progress and I do not think that just because someone opposes mass culture and thinks standards are falling they are resisting change - sometimes they have a point!
alisonc
24 February 2011
Sorry - computer went slightly mad!
alisonc
24 February 2011
thanks for the answer, do you know why people would agree with the statement (Opposition to mass culture and complains about falling standards often amounts to no more than a lament about a changing world) ?
babiev18
25 February 2011
thanks for the answer, do you know why people would agree with the statement (Opposition to mass culture and complains about falling standards often amounts to no more than a lament about a changing world) ?
babiev18
25 February 2011
Personally, I disagree with it. Why? Because I think opposition to mass culture usually stems from an unwillingness to accept it as culture. Cultural snobbery is extremely widespread as people look to define themselves as cultured, as opposed to uncultured. As an example, football and football culture were have often been described as, 'for the masses' and in no way cultural. But there are traditions, performances and rituals associated with football that speak of a cultural tradition.
shaunattutorhub
01 March 2011
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