Sound OffSimon Trujillo | July 25
Complaints about the banality of popular culture are nothing dramatically new. Working against the uniformity of early 20th century American culture, social critic and philosopher Theodor Adorno wrote the provocative essay "On Popular Music." In it, he rails against popular music's numbing and monotonous tendency - identifying with prophetic precision the lack of originality and mental vitalization it offers its listeners. Bear in mind that Adorno was writing in the early 1940s.