The Music Industry: Marxist and Frankfurt School Name Institution The Music Industry: Marxist and Frankfurt School By observing the works of Karl Marx a German Philosopher one realizes the use of ideology or the study of ideas and how they are related to the material basis in society. The material basis directs the perception of individuals about the community (Long & Wall 2009 p. 284). Through the concepts of superstructure and base Marx was able to explain different theories. According to him the base is the economic foundations. It can also be referred to as the material foundation of a society. While the superstructure is the social organization and the culture that people live by in simple terms it is the way individuals perceive the world. The basis of the Marxist philosophy hints that the base regulates and directs the superstructure. Now when considering the theories of Marx the structure and form of standardization. It would also be possible to apply the same in any field of the music industry. The information provided is based on the Spotify and iTunes charts considering the top 20 songs. The works of Gramsci and Althusser provide a basis on why the standardization exists. My side concerning the theories that express stabilization in the society is a little bit scanty. However what I am certain about after listening to the music on the two charts and considering the family tree is that the major media companies boast massive power and influence than it is perceived. Thus major part of art has been eliminated from the society and the music business as a whole. References Adorno Theodor W. (1975) “Culture Industry Reconsidered” In Marris and Thornham (eds) Media Studies Edinburgh University Press Long P. & Wall T. (2009) Media Studies Pearson Longman www.freepress.net/ownership/chart/main/ [...]
we discussed the Marxist argument that whomever controls the base (means of production) controls the superstructure (the content of cultural objects and commodities). We also talked about the Frankfurt School argument that culture industries ideologically “inoculate” consumers through homogeneity and predictability. Write an essay in which you discuss your views, drawing on evidence from the music industries.