Technology as such cannot be isolated from the use to which it is put; the technological society is a system of domination which operates already in the concept and construction of techniques. In the absence of demonstrable agents and agencies of social change, the critique is thus thrown back to One dimensional man by herbert marcuse high level of abstraction.
The choice itself results from the play of the dominant interests.
The preconditioning does not start with the mass production of radio and television and with the centralization of their control. This would be the historical transcendence toward a new civilization.
This historical mediation occurred in the consciousness and in the political action of the two great classes which faced each other in the society: Freedom of thought, speech, and conscience were — just as free enterprise, which they served to promote and protect — essentially critical ideas, designed to replace an obsolescent material and intellectual culture by a more productive and rational one.
This unification of opposites bears upon the very possibilities of social change where it embraces those strata on whose back the system progresses — that is, the very classes whose existence once embodied the opposition to the system as a whole.
However, the dialectical logic insists, against the language of brute facts and ideology, that the slaves must be free for their liberation before they can become free, and that the end must be operative in the means to attain it. In both camps, non-operational ideas are non-behavioral and subversive.
But even this alternative is complicated by the extreme interpenetration of advertising and commodification because everything is a commodity, even those things that are actual needs. Once thereby reduced, the demands can be met cumulatively through small reforms.
Here, the social controls exact the overwhelming need for the production and consumption of waste; the need for stupefying work where it is no longer a real necessity; the need for modes of relaxation which soothe and prolong this stupefaction; the need for maintaining such deceptive liberties as free competition at administered prices, a free press which censors itself, free choice between brands and gadgets.
The only needs that have an unqualified claim for satisfaction are the vital ones — nourishment, clothing, lodging at the attainable level of culture. Summary[ edit ] Marcuse strongly criticizes consumerismarguing that it is a form of social control.
One of them is inherent in technical progress itself, namely, automation. This totalitarian logic of accomplished facts has its Eastern counterpart. But the examples, I expect, will give potential readers an idea of the original work to be found here. Even the most empirical analysis of historical alternatives appears to be unrealistic speculation, and commitment to them a matter of personal or group preference.
The more the rulers are capable of delivering the goods of consumption, the more firmly will the underlying population be tied to the various ruling bureaucracies.
Between the horrors and the comforts of functional architecture? As a technological universe, advanced industrial society is a political universe, the latest stage in the realization of a specific historical project — namely, the experience, transformation, and organization of nature as the mere stuff of domination.
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