One-dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society
"The classic critique of modern industrial society. Marcuse objects to what he saw as pervasive one-dimensional thinking-- the uncritical and conformist acceptance of existing structures, norms, and behaviors. He argues that members of Western societies, both capitalist and communist, must reassert their individuality and personal freedom against the oppression of technologized status quo. The only hope for a freer and happier mode of existence, Marcuse believed, lies in humans' active opposition to the waste, destruction, and exploitation at the heart of advanced industrial society."--Cover.
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Page xlvii - (1) that advanced industrial society is capable of containing qualitative change for the foreseeable future; (2) that forces and tendencies exist which may break this containment and explode the society. I do not think that a clear answer can be given. Both tendencies are there, side by side—and even the one in the other.
Page xlviii - In the face of the totalitarian features of this society, the traditional notion of the “neutrality” of technology can no longer be maintained. Technology as such cannot be isolated from the use to which it is put; the technological society is a system of domination which operates already in the concept and construction of techniques. The
Page xxxiii - will vacillate throughout between two contradictory hypotheses: (1) that advanced industrial society is capable of containing qualitative change for the foreseeable future; (2) that forces and tendencies exist which may break this containment and explode the society