"The more total society becomes, the greater the reification of the mind and the more paradoxical its effort to escape reification on its own. Even the most extreme consciousness of doom threatens to degenerate into idle chatter. Cultural criticism finds itself faced with the final stage of the dialectic of culture and barbarism."
Theodor Adorno (1955), Prismen. Kulturkritik und Gesellschaft (1967 translation by Samuel Weber and Shierry Weber Nicholsen, Prisms).
by babel (March 2022)