The Society of the Spectacle

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Mit Press, 1994 - Philosophy - 154 pages
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For the first time, Guy Debord's pivotal work Society of the Spectacle appears in a definitive and authoritative English translation. Originally published in France in 1967, Society of the Spectacle offered a set of radically new propositions about the nature of contemporary capitalism and modern culture. At the same time it was one of the most influential theoretical works for a wide range of political and revolutionary practice in the 1960s. Today, Debord's work continues to be in the forefront of debates about the fate of consumer society and the operation of modern social power. In a sweeping revision of Marxist categories, the notion of the spectacle takes the problem of the commodity from the sphere of economics to a point at which the commodity as an image dominates not only economic exchange but the primary communicative and symbolic activity of all modern societies.Guy Debord was one of the most important participants in the activities associated with the Situationist International in the 1960s. Also an artist and filmmaker, he is the author of Memoires and Commentaires sur la société du spectacle. A Swerve Edition, distributed for Zone Books.

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Some keen insight into late capitalism nonetheless. - Goodreads
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awfully written (Debord is the anti-spectacle and does not want to be understood) but it's so fascinating tho Read full review

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The first 5 star rating I've given in a while. From Being to Having and from Having to Appearing. Debord was more right than he thought he was. Society as a collection of avatars editing their lives ... Read full review

Contents

Separation Perfected
11
The Commodity as Spectacle
25
Unity and Division Within Appearances
35
Copyright

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Writer, filmmaker, and cultural revolutionary, Guy Debord (1931--1994) was a founding member of the Lettrist International and Situationist International groups. His films and books, including Society of the Spectacle (1967), were major catalysts for philosophical and political changes in the twentieth century, and helped trigger the May 1968 rebellion in France.

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