The Society of the Spectacle

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Zone Books, 1995 - Philosophy - 154 pages

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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Read along with this selection for the Partially Examined Life podcast. Debrod is clever, complex and, ultimately overly-pessimistic. Although in the leftist/Marxist mold, this particular work ... Read full review

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After years of reading references to it, finally made my way through The Society of the Spectacle. The text is full of gems and retains its relevance, perhaps even more so in our hyper-mediated ... Read full review


Preface to the Third French Edition
Separation Perfected
The Commodity as Spectacle

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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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