Art can be about the time in which it is made but does not have to be of it or limited by it. The Earth opened up and out of it came little green men marching merrily to the beat of a drum. Friday night Belgium. The Earth stood still in its sky.
They are prisoners of the culture industry dominated by the media and entertainment corporations. This market-driven media coverage thrives within a deeply embedded commercialist consumer ideology.
The mainstream media are, in fact, central pillars of the corporate industrial infrastructure. Readers are engaged within this corporate media sphere as commodities. They are not engaged as equal partners in a communicative relationship. Rather, they are audience commodities that can be sold to advertising clients as a profit to media corporations.
This capitalist framework leads corporate media to misrepresent reality and create a completely alternate ideology that is inverted from the reality it supposedly represents. This capitalist ideology is the expression of dominant class interests. Corporate media do not re-present information that is in the best interest of the masses. Rather, those who lack the means of mental production are subject to the ideas of the ruling class. These forms of domination are naturalized by the media and are portrayed as being unchangeable. In explaining his theory of hegemony, Gramsci argued that the masses agree to this domination by refusing to resist, by hoping to gain advantages by supporting domination, or by not seeing through the presented lies so that, as a result, they consent to their own oppression.