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Monday, August 31, 2009
A world to be born, under your footsteps
28. The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord (1967)
This tract by the Marxist theorist and film-maker inspired Paris students to rise against bourgeois society in 1968. Its critique of how fashion, advertising, film, TV and the press poison the mind and degrade the soul became the staple fare of cultural and media courses. The “stars” who obsess the public, Debord argued, were “spectacular representations of living human beings”. The real world was being replaced “by a selection of images . . . projected above it”. In the age of reality TV, many have made similar comments. Debord said it first and said it best.
In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.