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Inside this Book – There’s a scene in “Deadwood” where Swearengen and someone else are watching the construction of telegraph lines in the distance. Rather than embracing the new technology, they express a deep fear of what it might bring. As they are trying to build a community–violent and chaotic though it may be–this new technology threatens the the very basis of that community: one-on-one human contact. The technology effaces the individual. If this is the outcome of the advances of the enlightenment, then doesn’t it contradict the very ideas of individual freedom that the enlightenment was based on? These are the dangers and fears with which Horkdorno grappled.
Inside this book –Dialectic of Enlightenment PDF Book by Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno – Three things I love here, above all else: a) the collaboration, and the refusal to disentangle themselves from it when others demanded that Horkorno coalesce into two identities: of course reminds me of Deleuze and Guattari, but, for a medievalist, also Marty Shichtman and Laurie Finke; b) the refusal to update the text to reflect the current moment: in this insistence on preserving the text as an intervention into a particular historical moment, Adorneimer refuse to pretend to speak from a position of atemporality (“We do not stand by everything we said in the book in its original form. That would be incompatible with a theory which attributes a temporal core to truth”)–this helps account for the problems with their famous Culture Industry chapter, which, even before the ‘New Media,’ could have grappled with, for example, samizdat; c) the antisemitism essay, and here, I’m totally annoyed with Zizek, ‘Republics of Gilead,’ and so on, for not doing our thinkers the honor of acknowledging that in many ways, they got there first.
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