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The essays collected here offer an analysis of the irrational dimensions of modern culture which is both timely and disturbing in the 1990s. Adorno's ideas are relevant to the understanding of phenomena as apparently diverse as astrology and "New Age" cults, the power of neo-fascist propaganda and the re-emergence of anti-Semitism, and the psychological basis of popular cu The essays collected here offer an analysis of the irrational dimensions of modern culture which is both timely and disturbing in the 1990s. Adorno's ideas are relevant to the understanding of phenomena as apparently diverse as astrology and "New Age" cults, the power of neo-fascist propaganda and the re-emergence of anti-Semitism, and the psychological basis of popular culture. The longest essay, "The Stars Down To Earth" offers a content analysis of the astrology column in a 1950s Los Angeles newspaper. Adorno argues that the column promotes psychological dependency and social conformism in much the same way as fascist propaganda. He maintains that the same principles operate in the mainstream products of "the culture industry." The three shorter papers illuminate different aspects of Adorno's argument: the relation of occultism to orthodox modern thought, the pervasiveness of anti-Semitism, and the "psycho-technic" rhetoric of fascist propaganda. Stephen Crook's introduction critically reviews Adorno's argument and offers an assessment of its contemporary relevance. Taken together, these essays offer an astringent antidote to any facile optimism about the democratic and pluralist character of postmodern popular culture. Adorno identifies an irrationalist dynamic which implicates the most enlightened and emancipated elements of contemporary culture. His unsettling arguments demand the attention of anyone interested in popular culture, critical theory, racism, and authoritarian politics.


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The essays collected here offer an analysis of the irrational dimensions of modern culture which is both timely and disturbing in the 1990s. Adorno's ideas are relevant to the understanding of phenomena as apparently diverse as astrology and "New Age" cults, the power of neo-fascist propaganda and the re-emergence of anti-Semitism, and the psychological basis of popular cu The essays collected here offer an analysis of the irrational dimensions of modern culture which is both timely and disturbing in the 1990s. Adorno's ideas are relevant to the understanding of phenomena as apparently diverse as astrology and "New Age" cults, the power of neo-fascist propaganda and the re-emergence of anti-Semitism, and the psychological basis of popular culture. The longest essay, "The Stars Down To Earth" offers a content analysis of the astrology column in a 1950s Los Angeles newspaper. Adorno argues that the column promotes psychological dependency and social conformism in much the same way as fascist propaganda. He maintains that the same principles operate in the mainstream products of "the culture industry." The three shorter papers illuminate different aspects of Adorno's argument: the relation of occultism to orthodox modern thought, the pervasiveness of anti-Semitism, and the "psycho-technic" rhetoric of fascist propaganda. Stephen Crook's introduction critically reviews Adorno's argument and offers an assessment of its contemporary relevance. Taken together, these essays offer an astringent antidote to any facile optimism about the democratic and pluralist character of postmodern popular culture. Adorno identifies an irrationalist dynamic which implicates the most enlightened and emancipated elements of contemporary culture. His unsettling arguments demand the attention of anyone interested in popular culture, critical theory, racism, and authoritarian politics.

58 review for The Stars Down to Earth and Other Essays on the Irrational in Culture (Routledge Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kostas Hitchens

    Η αστρολογία των "προφητων " Της εξαπάτησης είναι ένα μικρό μοντέλο μέσα σε μια ευρύτερη κοινωνική τροφοδότηση παρανοικων προδιαθεσεων Εξαιρετική μελέτη, ότι καλυτερο έχω διαβάσει σε ψυχολογική προσεγγιση αυτής της απάτης που λέγεται αστρολογία. Η αστρολογία των "προφητων " Της εξαπάτησης είναι ένα μικρό μοντέλο μέσα σε μια ευρύτερη κοινωνική τροφοδότηση παρανοικων προδιαθεσεων Εξαιρετική μελέτη, ότι καλυτερο έχω διαβάσει σε ψυχολογική προσεγγιση αυτής της απάτης που λέγεται αστρολογία.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Antônio Xerxenesky

    Releitura. Segue um excelente trabalho crítico, na fusão que só Adorno sabia fazer entre marxismo, sociologia e psicanálise para interpretar a cultura de massas. Dá para ver que boa parte da crítica cultural de hoje é possível graças a esse livro/modo crítico.

  3. 5 out of 5

    tout

    I didn't finish this book, I just couldn't do it anymore. But nonetheless it deserves a "review" or a few brief reflections so other people can avoid it. I hadn't ever read anything by Adorno before, only hearing him talked about and quoted by others. Why exactly people read him over others makes little sense to me. Somehow he has a reputation for being important, and his name evokes a kind of status to me, seemingly essential for the identity of one who reads theory. I find myself increasingly I didn't finish this book, I just couldn't do it anymore. But nonetheless it deserves a "review" or a few brief reflections so other people can avoid it. I hadn't ever read anything by Adorno before, only hearing him talked about and quoted by others. Why exactly people read him over others makes little sense to me. Somehow he has a reputation for being important, and his name evokes a kind of status to me, seemingly essential for the identity of one who reads theory. I find myself increasingly repulsed by a lot of his ideas. One in particular that runs fundamentally through this collection of texts and the title text of the book is that irrationalism is an inherent part of fascism, and given he attempts to make a logical argument that all things he deems irrational are also authoritarian. What is essentially liberal in his ideas is that there is a universal rationality somehow outside of the force relations which give things their meaning. This is the same mythology of science that wields power by presenting itself as essentially neutral, as outside of power. To think this is such an enormous stupidity that I couldn't do it. Also there's Adorno's Fruedianism... He wants to foster a brutal and detached approach to critique the world, but this approach of disengagement, of a lack of commitment, which he is also known for (calling the cops on students during an occupation), is much more a part of this world than opposed to it. Please leave this man behind, he has so little to offer us now.

  4. 4 out of 5

    g

    ideology for dependence: this is adorno's critique of ideology via an analysis of astrology columns in US newspapers, mainly Los Angeles Times. here, adorno studies the columns as mediators of a society that seeks recognition, mediation, and organization through zodiac signs. zodiac signs propagate a dichotomous life style where worktime, playtime and familytime are set apart from each other, which brings forth a temporal control of the individual. it is not only temporal control, but also provis ideology for dependence: this is adorno's critique of ideology via an analysis of astrology columns in US newspapers, mainly Los Angeles Times. here, adorno studies the columns as mediators of a society that seeks recognition, mediation, and organization through zodiac signs. zodiac signs propagate a dichotomous life style where worktime, playtime and familytime are set apart from each other, which brings forth a temporal control of the individual. it is not only temporal control, but also provision of personalities, where only certain stereotypes are allowed; not much space to be different from all the other geminis. simultaneously, society would like to be dependent on a transcendent level of control that takes away some of its agencies, and as such, stars become particularly useful. through astrology the world almost transforms into a more ordered, more calculable system, where the pronounced links do not leave any way out for alternative interpretations. i enjoy adorno's gloomy writing in general, and find his approach to be very fruitful. but one straightforward critique of this particular text, and the others within this volume, is the binary of irrational/rational that it reproduces. these neat divisions are too perfect to explain how people approach ideology.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Larry Ggggggggggggggggggggggggg

    Just a guy really vehemently pointing out that ‘enlightened modernity’ was a lie. Check it out

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marc

    Three essays on irrational thought in modern culture, in the context of astrology, occultism, and anti-Semitism. Adorno's thesis is essentially that our modern capitalist/consumerist society creates weak, dependent personality types that are easily seduced by irrational worldviews that seem to provide easy, all-encompassing answers to life's problems. He warns us that fascist states such as Nazi Germany should not be considered an aberration in the modern age, a throw-back to barbarous pre-enlig Three essays on irrational thought in modern culture, in the context of astrology, occultism, and anti-Semitism. Adorno's thesis is essentially that our modern capitalist/consumerist society creates weak, dependent personality types that are easily seduced by irrational worldviews that seem to provide easy, all-encompassing answers to life's problems. He warns us that fascist states such as Nazi Germany should not be considered an aberration in the modern age, a throw-back to barbarous pre-enlightment ideas, but rather a cautionary example of this trend towards irrationality in modern culture. The essays were written between the late 30's and mid-50's, and feel a little dated at times by frequent reference to Freudian concepts of the unconscious that have since fallen out of favor. More interesting is his analysis of Nazi propaganda in the U.S. and Germany, which provides a lot of food for thought: for example, his assertion that it is precisely the ridiculousness of fascist leaders (e.g., Hitler) that people found so attractive about them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Flaubertscarrot

    brb deleting co-star

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Occult, irrational, astrology, antisemitism, fascism, and how these artifacts are still prevalent in our society.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Grumpy ol' Adorno is banished to Southern Cal and writes about astrology columns. Also some articles on antisemitism which presage Dialectic of Enlightenment. Grumpy ol' Adorno is banished to Southern Cal and writes about astrology columns. Also some articles on antisemitism which presage Dialectic of Enlightenment.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Moxie

    This book, written between 1930s-1950s, is timeless. Adorno's insight into the forces that make people so easy to mislead is crucial for us to understand so that we do not fall into the grasp of power hungry dictators, mildly or totally psychotic and immoral elected presidents, or dominated by diseased capitalist systems. Highly relevant in the wake of the Trump presidency. He was a problem, but he is not gone. The persistent problem is us human beings and our potential for evil. This book, written between 1930s-1950s, is timeless. Adorno's insight into the forces that make people so easy to mislead is crucial for us to understand so that we do not fall into the grasp of power hungry dictators, mildly or totally psychotic and immoral elected presidents, or dominated by diseased capitalist systems. Highly relevant in the wake of the Trump presidency. He was a problem, but he is not gone. The persistent problem is us human beings and our potential for evil.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pedro Schulz

    O desenvolvimento é algo repetitivo, mas a linguagem é muito acessível e a conclusão é genial. Apesar de escrito há 50 anos, tem muito a dizer sobre esses tempos de negacionismo. Enfim, o teórico mor do desgoverno atual é ou não é um astrólogo?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sunny

    An ok read. Intellectual as you would expect throughout but didn’t excite me as much as some of his other stuff. The book is mainly about the link between the sequaciousness with which individuals kowtow consciously or subconsciously to the baffling logic behind astrology and horoscopes and the way in which the psychology of the masses can be just as easily baffled in socialist nationalist environments which are hotbeds of Nazi-esque millions who are so so so easily manipulated. Adorno talks abo An ok read. Intellectual as you would expect throughout but didn’t excite me as much as some of his other stuff. The book is mainly about the link between the sequaciousness with which individuals kowtow consciously or subconsciously to the baffling logic behind astrology and horoscopes and the way in which the psychology of the masses can be just as easily baffled in socialist nationalist environments which are hotbeds of Nazi-esque millions who are so so so easily manipulated. Adorno talks about Hitler a few times and asserts that it was precisely Hitler’s deliberately clowned out acting and absurdity of his speeches which attracted the masses. His slogans often of a few words only were easy to memorize like a mother teaching a new born a language for the first time. To those fertile minds Hitler’s words would have been so alluring and the hideousness with which he was able to paint the damage done by the Jews was the other half of his trick. The book gives lots of example of horoscopes which use language which isn’t completely dissimilar and the authors prey upon susceptible individuals who want to hear read precisely what the horoscope writers put into those tabloids. the second half of the book is about anti=Semitism and Adorno explores why this has taken place throughout the ages and why that type of sick thinking may be in us dormant, in amongst us seemingly educated mases who claim not to be racist in the least. Adorno also writes: “What is really happening is that concomitantly with the ever increasing belief in facts information has a tendency to replace intellectual penetration and reflection.” It’s this inability to intellectualise that Adorno says is what sways the masses to commit the hideous crimes that they do.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mira

    Who would have thought of comparing astrology and capitalism to authoritarian irrationalism, paranoia and fascist propaganda? Although, he sometimes misses the fact that there are inadvertently people not completely suckered in to the dream of help from an overarching power-source, yet because of their place within the masses, are part of what the mass just happens to be doing at that point in time. I suppose in most cases in the West the source of spiritual/philosophical comfort comes from eith Who would have thought of comparing astrology and capitalism to authoritarian irrationalism, paranoia and fascist propaganda? Although, he sometimes misses the fact that there are inadvertently people not completely suckered in to the dream of help from an overarching power-source, yet because of their place within the masses, are part of what the mass just happens to be doing at that point in time. I suppose in most cases in the West the source of spiritual/philosophical comfort comes from either astrology, religion and/or the products of capital and not from a direct experience of the world, but from a spectacle of it and the promise of life as spectacle as fulfillment. Cant escape that, no matter how hardline you are. Is it bad to like films? Damn you Adorno! I like the Freudian analysis re fascist and even sometimes communist leaders acting out as the cooler older brother. That bit was funny/scary. As much as I think old traditional forms of patriarchy should be abolished, you gotta wonder if the said "older brother" in control is worse. What about the mother-figure? That'll f you up too I suppose! To quote Bowie.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Despite some massive holes in his method (which Bruce Lincoln says comes from Adorno's inborn arrogance, not his lack of realization, and I think he's right), Adorno is fascinating here. This is the first of his work I've read and, from what I hear, easily the most accessible and readable. Adorno uses newspaper horoscope columns to determine a wealth of things about the society that reads them (in this case, people in LA and, to some degree, the US as a whole). What we are essentially to know is Despite some massive holes in his method (which Bruce Lincoln says comes from Adorno's inborn arrogance, not his lack of realization, and I think he's right), Adorno is fascinating here. This is the first of his work I've read and, from what I hear, easily the most accessible and readable. Adorno uses newspaper horoscope columns to determine a wealth of things about the society that reads them (in this case, people in LA and, to some degree, the US as a whole). What we are essentially to know is that Americans (or at least those who regularly read horoscopes) are intellectually lazy wanna-be mystics who use the horoscopes to justify and then confirm our apathetic and passive approach to life. Awesome.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ben Hunt

    I got at this book from a the Mike Davis book "City of Quartz", where he talks about these European critical intellectuals, who, during the rise of antisemitism, were given safe haven by the Hollywood studio system. Classical composers writing horror movie soundtracks, Schopenhauer being angry because Shirley Temple was on the Map to the Stars tour and he wasn't, etc. Funny stuff, but this book was an incredible crossover of the two forms of culture: Adorno basically argues that the "horoscope s I got at this book from a the Mike Davis book "City of Quartz", where he talks about these European critical intellectuals, who, during the rise of antisemitism, were given safe haven by the Hollywood studio system. Classical composers writing horror movie soundtracks, Schopenhauer being angry because Shirley Temple was on the Map to the Stars tour and he wasn't, etc. Funny stuff, but this book was an incredible crossover of the two forms of culture: Adorno basically argues that the "horoscope speech" is essentially similar to fascist speech: a voice speaking into the ether, that appears to address you directly. Basically it takes the hipster trope of turning up your nose at popular culture to its most dizzying zenith.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    For anyone who reads horoscopes, this is a brilliant Freudo-Marxist reading of the forces at work whenever we look to the newspaper for a hint at our future successes. While this is obviously a flawed work, there are some brilliant insights into the authority-audience relationship, the kinds of people who read the columns and how the whole thing works, going beyond the usual (but accurate) research into Barnum statements. This volume also includes some excellent short essays on anti-Semitism and For anyone who reads horoscopes, this is a brilliant Freudo-Marxist reading of the forces at work whenever we look to the newspaper for a hint at our future successes. While this is obviously a flawed work, there are some brilliant insights into the authority-audience relationship, the kinds of people who read the columns and how the whole thing works, going beyond the usual (but accurate) research into Barnum statements. This volume also includes some excellent short essays on anti-Semitism and propaganda which I found more illuminating and useful as a guide to Adorno's thought that the main text. Probably not the book that is going to convince anyone to join the Frankfurt School but a great read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea

    An interesting and hard to read set of essays about certain aspects of American culture. It makes my head hurt. I really enjoyed Adorno's critique of astrology and his look at fascist propaganda. Scary. An interesting and hard to read set of essays about certain aspects of American culture. It makes my head hurt. I really enjoyed Adorno's critique of astrology and his look at fascist propaganda. Scary.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    I would love to say that this study is no longer relevant, but I can't. Adorno is caustic and unsparing but never elitist; a sterling instantiation of immanent critique. I would love to say that this study is no longer relevant, but I can't. Adorno is caustic and unsparing but never elitist; a sterling instantiation of immanent critique.

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