consciousness industry

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*Institutions and agencies, primarily the mass media, which the German writer Hans Magnus Enzensberger (b.1929) argued were involved in the cultural reproduction of human consciousness as a social product in the interests of economic and political elites. According to this perspective, the ruling class seeks to control the content and output of the media in order to naturalize the status quo in the consciousness of subordinate classes. See also media hegemony; compare cultural industry.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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