Society of the Spectacle

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Rebel Press, 1983 - Political Science - 119 pages
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The Das Kapital of the 20th century. An essential text, and the main theoretical work of the situationists. Few works of political and cultural theory have been as enduringly provocative. From its publication amid the social upheavals of the 1960's up to the present, the volatile theses of this book have decisively transformed debates on the shape of modernity, capitalism, and everyday life in the late 20th century. This new edition is the Ken Knabb translation. Certainly it has the most "modern" design of all three editions, as well as a short new introduction from the translator.

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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


The Culmination of Separation paragraphs 134
The Commodity as Spectacle 3553
Unity and Division Within Appearance 5472

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About the author (1983)

Guy Debord was born in Paris in 1931 and committed suicide in 1994. A Marxist theorist, French writer, poet, filmmaker, hypergraphist and founding member of the groups Letterist International and Situationist International, Debord is best known as the leading theoretician of the situationist movement. His works translated into English include The Society of the Spectacle, Comments on the Society of the Spectacle, and Panegyric.

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