"This is the one point at which the technological and the critical rationality seem to converge, for the technological process implies a democratization of functions."
"... possible democratization of functions which technics may promote and which may facilitate complete human development in all branches of work and administration."
From Some Social Implications of Modern Technology, Herbert Marcuse.
Question: What does Herbert Marcuse mean by "democratization of function"? I can't find it mentioned anywhere in the web, thus this phrase must have been unpopular, notwithstanding being mentioned repeatedly in Marcuse's essay. Or does "democratization" have any general meaning in critical theory?
Thanks in advance.
Edit: From Google, Democratization
- the introduction of a democratic system or democratic principles.
- the action of making something accessible to everyone.
Clearly, Marcuse did not mean the first definition.