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'under the common denominator of so-called human interest emerges the mixtum compositum of a pleasant and at the same times convenient subject for entertainment that, instead of doing justice to reality, has a tendency to present a substitute more palatable for consumption and more likely...

'the sensationalist press of the eighties was dubbed yellow journalism because of the yellow color of the comics (whose representative figure was the 'yellow kid'). the techniques of the cartoon, news picture, and human interest story grew out of the repertory of the weekly press,...

'it was not merely standardization as such that established an inverse relationship between the commercialization of cultural goods and their complexity, but that special preparation of products that made them consumption ready, which is to say, guaranteed an enjoyment without being tied to stringent presuppositions....

'through this development the privacy that had its referent in the public as audience was turned into a travesty. the literary patterns that once had been stamped out of its material circulate today as the explicit production secrets of a patented culture industry whose products,...

'The public sphere in the world of letters was replaced by the pseudo-public or sham-private world of culture consumption. at that time, when private people were conscious of their double role as bourgeois and homme and simultaneously asserted the essential identity of property owner with...

'however, the revolution (in france, note by me) itself combined the two sundered functions of public opinion, the critical and the legislative. the constitution of 1791 joined the principle of popular sovereignty with that of the parliamentary constitutional state, which provided a constitutional guarantee for...

back with habermas, because we're slowing down and need to pick up. 'Rousseau's democracy of unpublic opinion ultimately postulated the manipulative exercise of power. the general will was always right, the notorious passage stated, but the judgment that guided it was not always enlightened. it was...

'hateful though it is to be those exiled into positivity by such a discourse, in a sense everyone's relation to the public body must have more or less the same logic. no one really inhabits the general public. this is true not only because it...