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节选自伊格尔顿《人生的意义》

文化生活在某种意义上变得愈发重要,成长为物质生产的一个单独的行业或分支。但在另一种意义上,文化又降格为一种社会秩序的门面装饰,这种社会秩序只关心那些可以标价和测算的东西。文化现在主要变成了人们工作之余打发时间的无害手段。
——P21,特里·伊格尔顿《人生的意义》(朱新伟译,译林出版社2012年11月第1版)

附英语原文(P22):
Cultural life had grown more important in one sense,burgeoning into a
whole industry or branch of material production.In another
sense,however,it had dwindled to the window-dressing of a social order
which had exceedingly little time for anything it could not price or
measure.Culture was now largely a matter of how to keep people
harmlessly distracted when they were not working.