8) This is the narcotizing
dysfunction developed by LAZARSFELD and MERTON (1948).
Predictably, few if any of the journalists who dutifully recorded the heady numbers seemed inclined to remark on the antidemocratic nature of this latest consolidation, which like those before it leaves the power to promulgate ideas and shape politics in the hands of a decreasing number of corporate potentates who are narcotizing
a growing international audience with the Gospel According to Beavis and Butt-Head.
In taking his title from the lexicon of science, he makes clear that he seeks to engage the techno-capitalist world machine using its own language, its own tools, and its own methods of operation--yet without succumbing to the narcotizing
fetishism of technophilia.
Adorno's description of the culture industry as the infinite deferral of pleasure through the narcotizing
power of spectacle is in many respects merely a more sophisticated version of the old "bread and circuses" argument, albeit ratcheted up for a historical situation in which entertainment does not only serve as a means of political control, but also feeds into and reinforces the existing political order in its capacity as "big business.
More recently toxins and narcotizing
agents have been described from the hypobranchial gland such as serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine), murexine (urocanylcholine), choline ester and biogenic amines (Erspamer 1946, 1952; Erspamer & Benati 1953, Whittaker 1960, Malaszkiewicz 1967, Huang & Mir 1971, Andrews et al.
On the next - and last - evening ``Wonderland'' aired, it prompted a whopping 20 million viewers, sated with the narcotizing
effects of ``Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'' and unwilling to wallow in unpleasant reality, to switch off ABC.
Not just the Vietnam War and Watergate and the rise of urban violence and the narcotizing
effects of television .
The casual sex and nonchalant narcotizing
, the creation of artwork and music, sunbathing, dancing, merrymaking, and the like habitually gave way to muggings, callous yet detached violence, rape, suicide, and, in some instances, murder.