[Adorno’s] moment of vindication is arriving now. With the election of Donald Trump, the latent threat of American authoritarianism is on the verge of being realized, its characteristics already mapped by latter-day sociologists who have updated Adorno’s “F-scale” for fascist tendencies. […] As early as the forties, Adorno saw American life as a kind of reality show: “Men are reduced to walk-on parts in a monster documentary film which has no spectators, since the least of them has his bit to do on the screen.” Now a businessman turned reality-show star has been elected President. Like it or not, Trump is as much a pop-culture phenomenon as he is a political one.
We have added a blogroll (conveniently located on the right), and wanted to take this moment to alert everyone to James Schmidt‘s wonderful blog, Persistent Enlightenment, which, given his own research on Horkheimer and Adorno, often has much of interest for anyone interested in Adorno (as it does today, with a post on Adorno and Katia and Thomas Mann).
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