With the implementation of technology allowing these works to be mass produced mechanically, they are fully engrained within the popular culture of a society as well as the idea of high Culture, (51). Therefore, millions of people believe that these pieces, which they will never be able to obtain in real life, still represent a part of the larger culture which dominants their life.
This strange structure of the cultural hierarchy of Western Culture represents the idea that our society will never stray to far from its roots of class domination based on controlling the society through controlling the means of production. Rather than control the general population through sheer force, Western societies have instead chosen a route of hegemony, in which they control the mind of the individuals within the society.
This control ensures the survival of the underlying class divisions and conflicts, while still presenting a united front to an outside onlooker.
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