The Society of the Spectacle

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Zone Books, 1994 - Philosophy - 154 pages
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Few works of political and cultural theory have been as enduringly provocative as Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle. From its publication amid the social upheavals of the 1960s 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 twentieth cenlury. Now finally available in a superb English translation approved by the author, Debord's text remains as crucial as ever for understanding the contemporary effects of power, which are increasingly inseparable from the new virtual worlds of our rapidly changing image/information culture.

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Some keen insight into late capitalism nonetheless. - Goodreads
God the writing in this was painful to get through. - Goodreads
Very aphorismic writing. - Goodreads

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It is hard to cast a mere few words towards the unambiguous judgment of this work. Debord's chief aesthetic concern in writing this book was the emulation of Marx's "insurrectionary style". Though the ... Read full review

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McLuhanoid Marxist theory that predicts our information age, and has some very interesting concepts about time that are helping me with some time travel conceptualizing I need for one of my novels. Read full review

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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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