The Society of the Spectacle

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

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Some keen insight into late capitalism nonetheless. - Goodreads
God the writing in this was painful to get through. - Goodreads
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DeBord, theorist of the Situationist movement--never out of date. Read full review

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Vicious and angry, moralistic and fist punching, more of a manifesto then philosophy, which falls flat, like all manifestos, when trying to come to life. 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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