What does this mean? would you agree or disagree?

“theory from 'Frankfurt school', mass culture was condemned for a number of reasons. First, it is parasitic culture, feeding on high culture while offering nothing in return. Second, it is a culture imposed from above on the 'masses'. Whereas folk culture was a culture of people, mass culture is a culture for people.”

you can approach this from a couple of angles, depending on how exhaustive an answer if required. From an empirical perspective, mass culture has grown enormously in size and breadth over the last few decades, whilst in parallel, some of the high arts, for instance opera have seen a surge of interest (you will need to cite audience figures to support this). At the same time, there has been a blurring of boundaries between what was traditionally high art (for instance ballet) with mass culture (for instance street dance). I am sure that you can recognise quite a few similar examples yourself. So ... the empirical evidence would suggest that this statement is in fact false. From the perspective of reasoning, you may want to look at the work of Jurgen Habermas for a modern perspective and balance it with some of his critical opponents.
08 March 2011
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