Reification and Utopia in Mass Culture

  title={Reification and Utopia in Mass Culture},
  author={Fredric Jameson},
  • Fredric Jameson
  • Published 1979
  • Sociology
  • The theory of mass culture--or mass audience culture, commercial culture, "popular" culture, the culture industry, as it is variously known--has always tended to define its object against so-called high culture without reflecting on the objective status of this opposition. As so often, positions in this field reduce themselves to two mirror-images, and are essentially staged in terms of value. Thus the familiar motif of elitism argues for the priority of mass culture on the grounds of the sheer… CONTINUE READING