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Toward a Reconciliation of Cultural Industries and Culture

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2009, (43), pp.205-228
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : December 19, 2008
  • Accepted : February 12, 2009

Byeong-Ho Mun 1

1

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This paper begins with the argument that cultural industries today seem to have a non-cultural feature and privileged status. It analyses the process of the takeoff, growth and expansion of cultural industries which has been promoted by the information revolution, neoliberalism and globalization. In this process cultural industries has become one of the keen elements in the age of the absolutism of capital power. Cultural contents industries, the core of cultural industries, demonstrate a unimaginable economic power which is verified dramatically by Harry Porter for instance. It is inevitable that this great power of cultural industries comes into conflict with the traditional culture which gives the mankind the value and meaning of human life. A reconciliation of cultural industries and culture is therefore indispensable. Following alternatives can be proposed: transition from labour society to culture society, extention of decommercialization of the public goods, contribution of the international cultural industries capital power to continuing development of traditional culture by means of the suscription which must be offered by that capital power, the world-wide solidarity which can be organized for the purpose of watching the quality of cultural contents.

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