What Blocks us in Intercultural Encounters?

We assume similarities It is a natural tendency for us to assume that “hey, everybody should think like me”. Putting ourselves into the shoes of another person is just not our natural way of thinking. We are, by definition, self-centered. Our own view is the only one that we understand, and that we are familiar with. In other words: intercultural…

World citizen? No more. My decision to become Australian

To be honest, writing this article marks the beginning of a new phase of my life. A few days ago I had a realization: I should become Australian. I mean, not completely Australian, of course. But I should work towards becoming more and more Australian. Maybe you think: hey, isn’t that what a migrant should do? And yes, I totally agree…

The Power of the Culture Industry: influence through symbols

What is the culture industry? When we talk about the culture industry, we refer to the mass-production of cultural goods. In other words: those who are part of the culture industry, are the people who ‘create’ popular culture. This can come in many forms, such as films, magazines, radio programmes, and so on. Horkheimer and Adorno, the inventors of the…