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"Masy v skutočnosti neexistujú, existuje len spôsob nazerania na ľudí ako na masu." "Masy sú vždy tí druhí."

Raymond Williams, spisovateľ, 1963

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The masses are always the other, that we do not know, and can not know,” wrote British critic Raymond Williams in the 1950s just as terms like “mass culture” and “mass entertainment” were increasingly common in Britain and America. For me the term mass evokes as much the behaviors of everyday life as the religious ritual carried out with weekly precision through much of my childhood. Indeed, mass has it origins in such gatherings of believers. But as Williams reminds us, beyond the cathedral walls the word mass can be quite slippery. “In our kind of society,” he writes, “we see these others regularly, in their myriad variations; stand, physically, beside them. They are here, and we are here with them. And that we are with them is of course the whole point. To other people, we also are masses. Masses are other people.” For Williams, this distancing intent illuminates the very problem with the word itself. If we are all part of the masses then what use is the word in shedding light on lived experiences? Who, he seems to be asking, defines what constitutes the masses? To this question he concludes: “There are in fact no masses; there are only ways of seeing people as masses.”