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"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)
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.
I consider "The society of spectacle" as one of human greatest mental (and not only) achievements. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2005
The economic system founded on isolation is a circular production of isolation. The technology is based on isolation, and the technical process isolates in turn. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004
Guy Debord was a major figure in the student revolutions of 1968 Paris -- a French Abbie Hoffman, if you will, albeit far more intellectual ... as the French are wont to be. Read morePublished on April 29 2003 by Kenaz Filan
if you're not very familiar with the dialectic of hegel and marx, a lot of this book will be lost on you, but the effort is worth it when you realize the enormity of what debord is... Read morePublished on March 4 2002 by J from NY
Society of Spectacle has sometimes been characterized as a kind of dated meditation on consumer society and media, a diatribe on popular culture and pop psychology. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 1999
...though perhaps not one for the faint-hearted (good lord, and to think someone translated this prose from French?! Read morePublished on July 21 1999
A brilliant critique on our materialistic, culture of consumption. Every bit as authoritative now as it was when it was first published in 1967. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 1999