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1 Like a highly contagious virus Culture Industries are transforming the world with a corrupting influence on the most unlikely of cultures The corrupting influence of commercialism has all but destroyed the sacredness of the religious counter-culture and symbols of the Church For many years the religious heritage of the Church played a counter-cultural role in American and transnational cultures It countered the evil aspects of contemporary pop cultures within American and transnational societies Many of the religious symbols signs stories and information once held sacred by the faithful as artifacts of worship are now very much the shared property of culture industries Volvo sells cars that will save your soul MCI uses priests to vouch for the trustworthiness of their promised long distance rate savings the Vatican entered a partnership with IBM to digitize the entire holdings of the Vatican Library and like Mickey Mouse Batman and the Rolling Stones the Pope has his image licensed to makers of hats mugs and T-shirts The World Journal Michael Budde 2 The culture industry includes commercial interests like the media conglomerates Time-Warner and Disney information and communication firms like Microsoft IBM and AOL and market research giants like Equifax and TRW Make no mistake these huge multinational conglomerates are closet neocolonialists of the aggressive kind The culture industry is loosely defined as sectors that use symbols stories images and information to generate profits Michael Budde The World Journal Their message is a gospel of contemporary commercialism and multinational capitalism Their symbols signs stories and information are broadcast to multinational households and are euphoniously designed to make disciples of all who sit in front of their great electronic pulpit They preach thousands of messages through a daily barrage of accurately timed 15 and 30 second commercial spots Their products and activities occupy more of peoples time in the United States than anything else except work school and sleep by some estimates Americans take in more than 16000
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