Julien Bécourt is a writer and an art critic. He has written for Chronic'art, Vice, artpress, Audimat, Images de la Culture, RBMA, and collaborates on a regular basis with Mouvement, Grazia and Trois Couleurs. His main focus is on avant-garde and sub-cultural movements, and the way they impact society and popular culture. His writing is mainly concentrated on contemporary art, music and cinema. He also directs the label Op Oloop as wall as the festival of the same name, and hosts the monthly show Entente Cordiale on LYL Radio. He is currently writing his first middle-length film.
The “hater” or “troll” is a well known figure on the social network: a hostile commentator, who generally disputes all issues, with a certain dose of bad faith and assumed viciousness, in order to demonstrate the invalidity of what others extol. Adorno’s hostile attacks on light popular music come close to this model of a despiser. But, to the extent that, as he declared in 1968 on television, “all light popular music is bad, bad with no exception,” his position becomes hyperbolic, totalitarian.
Critical Theory is a school of thought that appeared in the 30s in Germany, founded in Frankfurt by Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, with the project of constructing a global critique of industrialized society, using Marxist, Freudian and Nietzschian tools. It was pioneer in critical and philosophical research on the effects of industrialization of culture in the 20th century: see the works of Walter Benjamin on the political effects of photography and cinema or those of Adorno on radio and television, and, with Horkheimer, on cultural industry in general.
Hegelian dialectics are reconciliating: the process is negative, but they always suppose exceeding this in speculative reconciliation. Negative or critical dialectics retain the Hegelian requirement of the negative, but remain in this form of contradiction. Pop musical art deeply harbours this inclination towards reconciliation, even though its entire history is a permanent confrontation with the negative (inauthenticity, rootlessness, impersonality, false universality, appropriation, etc.)