Comments on the Society of the Spectacle

Comments on the Society of the Spectacle

First published in 1967, Guy Debord's stinging revolutionary critique of contemporary society, The Society of the Spectacle, has since acquired a cult status.

Author: Guy Debord

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 1859841694

Category: Philosophy

Page: 94

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First published in 1967, Guy Debord's stinging revolutionary critique of contemporary society, The Society of the Spectacle, has since acquired a cult status. Credited by many as being the inspiration for the ideas generated by the events of May 1968 in France, Debord's pitiless attack on commodity fetishism and its incrustation in the practices of everyday life continues to btirn brightly in today's age of satellite television and the soundbite In Comments on the Society of the Spectacle published twenty years later, Debord returned to the themes of his previous analysis and demonstrated how they were all the more relevant in a period when the 'integrated spectacle' was dominant. Resolutely refusing to be reconciled to the system, Debord trenchantly slices through the doxa and mystification offered tip by journalists and pundits to show how aspects of reality as diverse as terrorism and the environment, the Mafia and the media, were caught in the logic of the spectacular society. Pointing the finger clearly at those who benefit from the logic of domination, Debord's Comments convey the revolutionary impulse at the heart of situationism.
Categories: Philosophy

The Society of the Spectacle

The Society of the Spectacle

From its publication amid the social upheavals of the 1960s 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 century.

Author: Guy Debord

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781935408215

Category: Political Science

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Few works of political and cultural theory have been as enduringly provocative as Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle. From its publication amid the social upheavals of the 1960s 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 century. 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. “In all that has happened in the last twenty years, the most important change lies in the very continuity of the spectacle. Quite simply, the spectacle’s domination has succeeded in raising a whole generation moulded to its laws. The extraordinary new conditions in which this entire generation has lived constitute a comprehensive summary of all that, henceforth, the spectacle will forbid; and also all that it will permit.”— Guy Debord (1988)
Categories: Political Science

Society Of The Spectacle

Society Of The Spectacle

From its publication amid the social upheavals of the 1960's, in particular the May 1968 uprisings in France, up to the present day, with global capitalism seemingly staggering around in it’s Zombie end-phase, the volatile theses of this ...

Author: Guy Debord

Publisher: Bread and Circuses Publishing

ISBN: 9781617508301

Category: Political Science

Page: 90

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The Das Kapital of the 20th century,Society of the Spectacle is 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, in particular the May 1968 uprisings in France, up to the present day, with global capitalism seemingly staggering around in it’s Zombie end-phase, 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 ‘Red and Black’ translation from 1977 is Introduced by Notting Hill armchair insurrectionary Tom Vague with a galloping time line and pop-situ verve, and given a more analytical over view by young upstart thinker Sam Cooper.
Categories: Political Science

The Society of the Spectacle The LISP Translation

The Society of the Spectacle  The LISP Translation

... contholidathion of power to the nectht thtage by thubjecting the peathantry to a
reign of terror, implementing the motht brutal primitive accumulathion of capital in
hithtory. The induthtrialithathion of the Thtalin 56 The Society of the Spectacle: ...

Author: Jason Hoelscher

Publisher: Pope Gus the First

ISBN: 9780578028217

Category: Humor

Page: 122

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Long considered a crucial text in the study of modernity, capitalism and power, Guy Debord's "The Society of the Spectacle" returns in a powerful new edition, "The Society of the Spectacle: The Lisp Translation." Prescient in its description of the immersive power of image and virtuality in everyday life, "The Society of the Spectacle" becomes more relevant every year as contemporary culture becomes further enmeshed within the seductive lure of the spectacle. A difficult read that more than rewards the reader's effort and attention, "The Society of the Spectacle: The Lisp Translation" will clarify many heretofore slippery ideas, and is certain to become the authoritative translation of its kind for decades to come.
Categories: Humor

Society of the Spectacle and Other Films

Society of the Spectacle and Other Films

But when one is at once a revolutionary and a filmmaker, one may easily demonstrate that their general bitterness derives from the obvious fact that the film in question is the exact critique of the society which they do not know how to ...

Author: Guy Debord

Publisher: Autonomedia

ISBN: 0946061068

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 136

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"The specialists of the cinema said that its revolutionary politics were bad; the politicians among all the left-wing illusionists said that it was bad cinema. But when one is at once a revolutionary and a filmmaker, one may easily demonstrate that their general bitterness derives from the obvious fact that the film in question is the exact critique of the society which they do not know how to combat; and a first example of the cinema which they do not know how to make." [Guy Debord, on his film 'Society Of The Spectacle'] Presented for the first time in English, this volume includes the full texts of Debord's first 5 films, with an introduction explaining, amongst other things, why Debord is determined that the films should never again be shown.
Categories: Performing Arts

Surpassing the Spectacle

Surpassing the Spectacle

The society whose modernization has reached the stage of integrated spectacle
is characterized by the combined effect of five principal features: incessant
technological renewal; integration of state and economy; generalized secrecy; ...

Author: Carol Becker

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742509206

Category: Art

Page: 161

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Leading social critic Carol Becker offers a timely analysis of the nature of art and its role in politics and society. Completed just before the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center catastrophe, this book is remarkably prescient of the new concerns that have now become foremost in our thoughts since the attack. Becker raises the question of the place of art and the function of public intellectuals in a society desperately in need of creativity and leadership. Visit our website for sample chapters!
Categories: Art

Media Spectacle

Media Spectacle

This requires a brief presentation of the influential analysis of spectacle by Guy
Debord and the Situationist International , and how I build upon this approach .
Guy Debord and the society of the spectacle The concept of the " society of the ...

Author: Douglas Kellner

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415268281

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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During the mid-1990s, the O.J. Simpson murder trial dominated the media in the United States and were circulated throughout the world via global communications networks. The case became a spectacle of race, gender, class and violence, bringing in elements of domestic melodrama, crime drama and legal drama. According to this fascinating new book, the Simpson case was just one example of what the author calls 'media spectacle' - a form of media culture that puts contemporary dreams, nightmares, fantasies and values on display. Through the analysis of several such media spectacles - including Elvis, The X Files, Michael Jordan, and the Bill Clinton sex scandals - Doug Kellner draws out important insights into media, journalism, the public sphere and politics in an era of new technologies. In this excellent follow up to his best selling Media Culture, Kellner's fascinating new volume delivers an informative read for students of sociology, culture and media.
Categories: Social Science

The Spectacle of the Real

The Spectacle of the Real

Debord and the Spectacle: A Critical Engagement In using the concept of
spectacle, I am obviously indebted to Guy Debord's Society of the Spectacle and
the ideas of the Situationist International; so acknowledging the debt, I might also
say ...

Author: Geoff King

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781841509181

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 236

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Hollywood special effects offer spectacular creations or re-creations that make claims to our attention on the grounds of their ‘incredible-seeming reality’. They can appear both ‘incredible’ and ‘real’, their appeal based on their ability to ‘convince’—to appear real in terms such as detail and texture—and on their status as fabricated spectacle, to be admired as such. At a seemingly very different end of the audio-visual media spectrum, ‘reality’ television offers the spectacle of, supposedly, the ‘real’ itself, a ‘reality’ that ranges from the banality of the quotidian to intense interpersonal engagements (two extremes experienced in Big Brother, for example). The two also overlap, however, nowhere more clearly and jarringly than in the ultimate ‘spectacle of the real’, the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York, live television coverage of which evoked constant comparison with big-screen fictional images.
Categories: Performing Arts

Photography

Photography

Debord's key argument is that ordinary people as spectators of spectacle remain
passive, uncreative and therefore powerless in the running of society.
Baudriallard and other postmodernists have also recognised the impact of
spectacles and ...

Author: Liz Wells

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415307031

Category: Photography

Page: 382

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This seminal text for photography students identifies key debates in photographic theory, stimulates discussion and evaluation of the critical use of photographic images and ways of seeing. This new edition retains the thematic structure and text features of its predecessors but also expands coverage on photojournalism, digital imaging techniques, race and colonialism. The content is updated with additional international and contemporary examples and images throughout and the inclusion of colour photos. Features of this new edition include: *Key concepts and short biographies of major thinkers *Updated international and contemporary case studies and examples *A full glossary of terms, a comprehensive bibliography *Resource information, including guides to public archives and useful websites
Categories: Photography

The Postmodern Turn

The Postmodern Turn

CHAPTER THREE From the Society of the Spectacle to the Realm of Simulation
Debord, Baudrillard, and Postmodernity But certainly for the present age, which
prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, fancy to reality, the
 ...

Author: Steven Best

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1572302216

Category: Philosophy

Page: 306

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This book presents a groundbreaking analysis of the emergence of a pos tmodern paradigm in theory, the arts, science, and politics. From the authors of Postmodern Theory, the much-acclaimed introduction to key p ostmodern thinkers and themes, The Postmodern Turn ranges over diverse intellectual and artistic terrain--from architecture, painting, liter ature, music, and politics, to the physical and biological sciences. C ritically engaging postmodern theory and culture, Steven Best and Doug las Kellner illuminate our momentous transition between a modernist pa st and a future struggling to define itself.
Categories: Philosophy

The Guardian of the Spectacle

The Guardian of the Spectacle

62 Debord, The Society of the Spectacle, pp. 19-20. in the redesign I therefore
use the following combination of material: • The first element will be constant for
all five redesigns: the general visual form as it exists now, in the shape of the front
 ...

Author: Krister Bladh

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780557475223

Category:

Page: 76

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How can the graphic design of a popular, contemporary daily newspaper be 'détourned' to reveal its ideological function? This question is addressed in a new undergraduate thesis at Malmö University, Sweden, based on an ideological analysis of The Guardian. Using Guy Debord and the Situationists method of détournement, five of its front pages have been redesign and printed as an implementation of the conclusions drawn. The prints were sent back to the editors as a reversed subscription.
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The Spectacle of Disintegration

The Spectacle of Disintegration

Debord had made films before, but these seventies films stand out as both
conceptual elaborations of the problem of living in the lackluster light of the
society of the spectacle, and practical demonstrations of how to move in and
against it.

Author: Mckenzie Wark

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 9781844679584

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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Following his acclaimed history of the Situationist International, The Beach Beneath the Street, McKenzie Wark continues the SI’s story, charting its post-sixties legacy and putting the late work of the Situationists in a broader, deeper context. He uncovers a contemporary relevance and searching critique of modernity. Wark builds on their work to map the historical stages of the society of the spectacle, from the diffuse to the integrated to what he calls the “disintegrating spectacle.” The Spectacle of Disintegration takes the reader through the critique of political aesthetics of former Situationist T.J. Clark, the Fourierist utopia of Raoul Vaneigem, René Viénet’s earthy situationist cinema, Gianfranco Sanguinetti’s pranking of the Italian ruling class, Alice Becker-Ho’s account of the anonymous language of the Romany, Guy Debord’s late films and his surprising work as a game designer. At once an extraordinary counter history of radical praxis and a call to action in the age of financial crisis and the resurgence of the streets, The Spectacle of Disintegration recalls the hidden journeys taken in the attempt to leave the twentieth century and plots an exit from the twenty-first. The dustjacket unfolds to reveal a fold-out poster of the collaborative graphic essay combining text selected by McKenzie Wark with composition and drawings by Kevin C. Pyle.
Categories: Philosophy

Means Without End

Means Without End

Nobody has been able to bring to light the hidden laws of the spectacle as Kraus
did in his obstinate struggle against journalists — "in these loud times which
boom with the horrible symphony of actions which produce reports and of reports
 ...

Author: Giorgio Agamben

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816630356

Category: Political Science

Page: 153

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Categories: Political Science

The Spectacle of Disintegration Situationist Passages Out of the Twentieth Century

The Spectacle of Disintegration  Situationist Passages Out of the Twentieth Century

Debord had made films before, but these seventies films stand out as both
conceptual elaborations of the problem of living in the lackluster light of the
society of the spectacle, and practical demonstrations of how to move in and
against it.

Author: McKenzie Wark

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 9781844679577

Category: History

Page: 240

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Following the work of the Situationist International after May 1968, this companion volume to The Beach Beneath the Street puts the work of the Situationists in a broader and deeper context, documenting their contemporary relevance and their deep critique of modernity.
Categories: History

The Visual Culture Reader

The Visual Culture Reader

Chapter 15 Guy Debord THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE [ ... ] 1 2 3 HE
WHOLE LIFE OF THOSE SOCIETIES in which modern conditions of production
prevail presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles . All that once
was ...

Author: Nicholas Mirzoeff

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415252229

Category: Art

Page: 737

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This book brings together key writings as well as specially commissioned articles covering a wealth of visual forms including photography, painting, sculpture, fashion, advertising, television, cinema and digital culture. The reader features an introductory section tracing the development of visual culture studies in response to globalization and digital culture, and articles grouped into thematic sections, each prefaced by an introduction by the editor.
Categories: Art

Media Spectacle and Insurrection 2011

Media Spectacle and Insurrection  2011

In the following studies, I'll elaborate my theory of media spectacle as a key to
interpreting contemporary culture and ... Society. of. the. Spectacle. “When the
real world changes into simple images, simple images become real beings and ...

Author: Douglas Kellner

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441185778

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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For the inaugural book in our Critical Adventures in New Media series, Douglas Kellner elaborates upon his well known theory which explores how media spectacle can be used as a key to interpreting contemporary culture and politics. Grounded in both cultural and communication theory, Kellner argues that politics, war, news and information, media events (like terrorist attacks or royal weddings), and now democratic uprisings, are currently organized around media spectacles, and demonstrates how and why this has occurred. Rooting the discussions within key events of 2011 - including the war in Libya, the Arab Uprisings, the wedding of William Windsor to Kate Middleton, the killing of Osama bin Laden, and the Occupy movements - The Time of the Spectacle makes a highly relevant contribution to the field of media and communication studies. It offers a fresh perspective on the theme of contemporary media spectacle and politics by adopting an approach that is based around critical social and cultural theory. This series gives students a strong critical grounding from which to examine new media.
Categories: Social Science

Terrible Beauty A Cultural History of the Twentieth Century

Terrible Beauty  A Cultural History of the Twentieth Century

A very similar message came from France, in Guy Debord's The Society of the
Spectacle, published there in 1967 but not translated into English until much later
. Debord saw the spectacle – mainly the television-dominated society, but also ...

Author: Peter Watson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781780226736

Category: Philosophy

Page: 848

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A history of the twentieth century which covers all the ideas, people, great events, literary and artistic movements, scientific discoveries which have shaped the twentieth century. Terrible Beauty presents a unique narrative of the twentieth century. Unlike more conventional histories, where the focus is on political events and personalities, on wars, treaties and elections, this book concentrates on the ideas that made the century so rich, rewarding and provocative. Beginning with four seminal ideas which were introduced in 1900 - the unconscious, the gene, the quantum and Picasso's first paintings in Paris - the book brings together the main areas of thought and juxtaposes the most original and influential ideas of our time in an immensely readable narrative. From the creation of plastic to Norman Mailer, from the discovery of the 'Big Bang' to the Counterculture, from Relativity to Susan Sontag, from Proust to Salman Rushdie, and Henri Bergson to Saul Bellow, the book's range is encyclopedic. We meet in these pages the other twentieth century, the writers, the artists, the scientists and philosophers who were not cowed by the political and military disasters raging around them, and produced some of the most amazing and rewarding ideas by which we live. Terrible Beauty, endlessly stimulating and provocative, affirms that there was much more to the twentieth century than war and genocide.
Categories: Philosophy

Risking who One is

Risking who One is

... of the Civilization of France Professor of Comparative Literature Susan Rubin
Suleiman, Susan Rubin Suleiman, Susan Suleiman Harvard University. THE
FATE OF THE SURREALIST IMAGINATION IN THE SOCIETY OF THE
SPECTACLE ...

Author: Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France Professor of Comparative Literature Susan Rubin Suleiman

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674773012

Category: Art

Page: 271

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To write about your contemporaries, whose work is enmeshed in the stuff of your life, maybe even in the weave of your self, is risky business. Your interest may be too personal, your involvement too close - but this, as Susan Suleiman demonstrates here, is precisely what makes such a critical encounter worthwhile. Risking Who One Is shows how the process of self-recognition, even self-construction, in the reading of contemporary work can lead to larger considerations about culture and society - to the dimensions of historical awareness and collective action. The book gives us a new way of looking at issues that are as personal as they are prevalent in the writing, the criticism, and the life of our times. Through subtle and incisive readings of Simone de Beauvoir, Mary Gordon, Julia Kristeva, Richard Rorty, Helene Cixous, Leonora Carrington, Max Ernst, Angela Carter, Elie Wiesel, and others, we observe Suleiman in a fascinating dialogue with those who share her place and time and whose interests and preoccupations meet her own. Suleiman confronts with them the conflicts between writing and motherhood. Together, they inquire into "being postmodern" and explore the connections between creativity and love. They consider the place of beauty in contemporary art, examine the relations between aesthetics and politics, and reflect on haunting memories of World War II. Through Suleiman's encounter with them, these writers and artists enter an exchange with each other, and with us as readers, that opens new perspectives on the representation of women's lives, history and memory, autobiography, and the intersection of gender and postmodernism. Itself a form of mediated autobiography, this work takes us through the shaping of a critical approach to some of our closest and deepest concerns in reading, in writing, and in knowing ourselves.
Categories: Art