The Society of the Spectacle

The Society of the Spectacle The Situationist book that helped inspire the May revolt in France Arguably the most influential book of radical theory in the last fifty years This new translation by Ken Knabb is the only editi

  • Title: The Society of the Spectacle
  • Author: Guy Debord Ken Knabb
  • ISBN: 9780939682065
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Situationist book that helped inspire the May 1968 revolt in France Arguably the most influential book of radical theory in the last fifty years This new translation by Ken Knabb is the only edition to include extensive annotations, clarifying the sources, references and allusions in this very pithy and complex work.

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    1. Guy Debord Ken Knabb

      Guy Ernest Debord was a French Marxist theorist, writer, filmmaker, hypergraphist and founding member of the groups Lettrist International and Situationist International In broad terms, Debord s theories attempted to account for the spiritually debilitating modernization of the private and public spheres of everyday life by economic forces during the post WWII modernization of Europe Alienation, Debord postulated, could be accounted for by the invasive forces of the spectacle a social relation between people that is mediated by images Central to this school of thought was the claim that alienation is than an emotive description or an aspect of individual psychology rather, it is a consequence of the mercantile form of social organization which has reached its climax in capitalism Debord committed suicide, shooting himself in the heart at his property on November 30, 1994.

    635 thoughts on “The Society of the Spectacle”

    1. Short aphoristic tract about materialism, advertising, and how many aspects of public life are not reflections of real attitudes, but are instead artificial, and how consumerism sometimes embody aspects of a religious dogma. Debord may even be more right than he knew. Even rebellion, not only that of the 1960s but also the present day, has been made into a commodity.


    2. I never went to university—nor did the majority of my friends—and so never received any manner of guidance or instruction, or even bar table theoretical bullshitting, at the academic level to go along with my burgeoning interest in philosophy, politics, and culture. For better and for worse (and mostly the latter) I have carved my own path through the tangled thickets of critical genius and doctrinal snares, a haphazard sampling of great minds from across the ages, non-systematic and initial [...]


    3. *The Society of the SpectacleReview in English below.*Δεν ξέρω κατά πόσο ευθύνεται η μετάφραση του Μπαμπασάκη για την δυσκολία που παρουσιάζει το κείμενο του Debord, αλλά πρόκειται για ένα πολύ απαιτητικό ανάγνωσμα που για να το κατανοήσει κανείς, χρειάζεται απόλυτη συγκέντρωση και αφοσίωση. Πίσω όμ [...]



    4. I read Society of the Spectacle way back in college -- when one is young and naive, and you're supposed to care about heady, outdated French philosophy that is utterly disconnected from the real. But now that I'm older and I have a world of experience to draw from, I'm fairly certain it wouldn't resonate as it once did. To wit, the so-called "radical" situationist ethic is now a totally mainstream, mass media commodity in and of itself. Beijing hosts pillow fight flash mobs in Tian'anmen square, [...]


    5. I gave this Guy a chance.In any expository writing, particularly when persuasion is the goal, the writing should be as clear as possible to reach the widest audience.This essay is laid out in numbered statements. Some are only a sentence long, others may run a page or two, but all are written in a style that tells me the author is more concerned with his style than the content. Perhaps this is the thing to do in intellectual circles, where stylish profundity that requires effort to decode is val [...]


    6. This book is very difficult to read for several reasons:• It is a very direct translation from the original French text.• The Situations had developed their own vocabulary to describe what were then new and unidentified sociological phenomena (we now have a different lexicon to describe this more widely acknowledged phenomena today.)• Debord, in this book, practices what he preached with the Situationists in his use of detournment (the reuse of elements of well-known media to create a new [...]


    7. Re-read this bad boy for research purposes. The spectacle is a concept that's very swanky to talk about in dinner parties like George Orwell's 1984, but it is often simplified and, ironically enough, objectified by its debaters. Everybody acknowledge we live in the society of spectacle, but either don't believe its rules apply to them or adopt a defeatist attitude towards it.What is the spectacle, then? Debord has a great way of summarizing it: the colonization of human life by commodities. It's [...]


    8. It only took 154 pages to change our world. Guy Debord's manifesto/book length essay that is truly a masterpiece of political writing that borders on the poetic. It is also a crystal clear view how culture is formed in the 20th (and of course the 21st) century. The theater is built in front us and we are lead to believe that we actually participate in its adventure. As Johnny Rotten said at the last Sex Pistols concert in the late 70's "Have you ever felt the feeling that you have been had?" Wel [...]


    9. كان هذا منذ وقت بعيد،لماذا أنا أفكر أو أكتب وفقا لما تنتظره أنت؟ ولماذا أتصرف مع صديقتى وفقا لما أظنه نموذجيا فى عقلها؟ولماذا أدخل فى مراتبيتكم الأخلاقية فأحترم الكبير بالضرورة؟ بالقطع إننى أقوم بتمثيل(لنستخدم منذ الآن كلمة:إستعراض)دور ما فى مجتمعكم،أتوق للنموذج المتفق عل [...]


    10. 9. in a world that really has been turned on its head, truth is a moment of falsehood.20. e absolute denial of life, in the shape of a fallacious paradise, is no longer projected onto the heavens, but finds its place instead within material life itself. the spectacle is hence a technological version of the exiling of human powers in a "world beyond" - and the perfection of separation within human beings.67. a use of the commodity arises that is sufficient unto itself; what this means for the con [...]


    11. THE book about how the technological spectacle consumes us and gives us A.D.D. Excellent to accompany Manufacturing Consent and its analysis of information control.Most are well-aware of Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman and the Propaganda Model presented in Manufacturing Consent, of how the media is pure propaganda. But the idea of 'spectacle' being something part of our daily lives, not just in the media, of our consumer society as one of consuming spectacles virtually everywhere, is under-studie [...]


    12. In theory I love this book, in it's actual form with words and a seeming intentional difficulty (ya know to avoid being co-opted by the spectacle of the totality of consumerist society) I'm only lukewarm about it. Give me Adorno any day over this.


    13. We're all duped by the illusions produced by contemporary consumer society. But fear not: simply utilize your free time creatively and grant autonomous political and economic powers to self-governed workers' councils within every vestige of society and all will be well. Best quote: "Plagiarism is necessary. Progress demands it." (p. 145)


    14. Eerily prescient, and still a brilliant read about the alienation of labor, the advertisement of time, and the banalization of space.


    15. Bright sunny styles starting at $8 are spectacle. Tanning beds and stairmasters are spectacle. Sonny and Cher are spectacle. Sonny as mayor is spectacle. Any mayor “cleaning up” Times Square and polishing it with corporate spit is spectacle. Little New York in Las Vegas is spectacle. Little New York in Vegas in Dubai is spectacle. Little New York in Vegas in Dubai inside Tokyo Disney in a feature-film starring a topless Nicolas Cage saving the natives with guns in a Gatorade jihad is specta [...]


    16. Just as Fight Club can be described as Twilight for boys, Society of the Spectacle can be described as Fight Club for young adults who have renounced their membership of Anonymous in order to focus on their careers as Social Justice Warriors. Interesting for the historical context, but nothing more really. A redundant midway point between Marx and Baudrillard, in which the former's ideas are obfuscated for the purposes of pretension. Though I imagine translation is partly to blame for that. Its [...]


    17. Can't imagine what put me on this book now except some weird venn-diagramish intersection of things I was reading about Trump, Suburbia, and Reality-TV, plus it was right there on one of my bookshelves with its seductive title. It's abstract and abstruse, full of dialectical jujitsu and Situationist private language, which makes it a difficult read. And it is oh so circular in its argumentation. Still, some nice turns of phrase, especially in the 50 or so statements about what the Spectacle is: [...]


    18. This book describes the problem : defined as The Spectacle. But how many of us dare to challenge the hegemony of the image obsessed society we have created? Debord wrote this tract in the sixties before the consumer society really took off. It was a prophetic warning. Ask yourself this : aren't we all guilty of creating this monster? And how are we going to stop it? The truth is in this book. Read it and weep.


    19. Ὅ,τι πιὸ ἔγκυρο ἔντονο εὐφυὲς γιὰ νὰ κατανοήσει κανεὶς σὲ τί κόσμο ζοῦμε τὰ τελευταῖα 50 χρόνια.


    20. Even for a theoretical text written by an extreme leftist, in the late sixties, in Paris, this is a convoluted read. The chapters seem to demarcate different aspects of the idea that is the spectacle. There is a lot of debate over whether or not this book had much political influence over the events of May 1968 in Paris. If nothing else those same student activists had to have had some faith in the ideas put forth here. The structure seems haphazard. There is a very aphoristic, almost Nietzschea [...]


    21. Buku ini menyentuh secara falsafah tentang budaya dan sejarah, secara khusunya, apa yang berlaku sekitar tahun 1967-1968 (vietnam war dan kempen baginya, dan surge of social movement di negara-negara dunia ketiga)Disentuh sedikit tentang konsumerisma, kritik atas marx & marxisme, russian version of marxism dan paling banyak, critique of capitalism.Untuk bacaan lanjut dari buku ini :- Comments on the Society of the Spectacle (Guy Deobord juga, 20 tahun selepas buku ini)- Dialectic of Enlighte [...]


    22. Amazing. Read this for research purposes while writing thesis "Perception and the spaces between art". I don't want to ruin this by reviewing it in a highly analytical manner, so I'll just say that it applies as much now as when it was written. A great text about the repackaging of culture and the coersion of visual freedom.


    23. Pese a todo, la elaboración principal del libro concierne más que directamente al concepto de espectáculo, a una elaboración post-marxista (situacionista en específico) de la forma de acumulación del capital y de las condiciones de reproductibilidad de esta acumulación pertenecientes a las sociedades del siglo XX. Por esto Debord hace referencia en otro lado (Comentarios a las sociedad) a un "numero de investigaciones" que tomando categorías distintas han llegado a conclusiones equiparab [...]


    24. It’s funny, because this book has been more-or-less “in my orbit” for the past 25 years or so, but I only got around to actually reading through it for the first time just now. That makes it a bit difficult to review, because in some ways I knew what I was getting in to when I first opened it, but in other ways it was a surprise. Maybe that helps explain the fact that it struck me as being at times very cutting-edge, and at others quite out-of-date.This book was originally a manifesto of s [...]


    25. My reading and studies in philosophy aren't really in-depth enough, I don't think, for me to say anything particularly enlightening about Debord's most famous little book here. What I think I've understood from it is fascinating and I think still quite relevant--if not even more so than at the time of the book's composition. I think that the spectacle is still growing in its reification of social life, if perhaps a tad more interactive in the age of the web--or at least I hope that's the case.I' [...]


    26. Guy DeBord was a front-runner for the Situationalists in Paris. They lead/inspired the Paris Commune uprising of 1968. This book serves as Guy DeBord's manifesto. He nailed post-modern, technologically-valuing globalized capitalism years before it became the monster we see before us. And it is still painfully relevant today. The style he uses is very challenging, although abbreviated and clear. It can seem to go on and on, but each point he states has been carefully selected and weighed. It is d [...]


    27. Yaklaşık on sekiz yıl önce almıştım bu kitabı, tam olarak bitirmek bugüne düştü. Daha o zamanlar bölük pörçük okumuşluğumuzla bile tartışırdık bir, iki arkadaş Debord ve sitüasyonistleri, gençlik işte, bildiğiniz gibi Bu kadar önemli, kült mertebesinde bir kitaba review yazmak da neyin nesi, veyahut onu puanlamak, diyor olmama rağmen kendi kendime iki satır bir şey yazmak istedim yine de. ilk yetmiş, yüz sayfasını okumuş olmak bile o kadar çok açmıştı k [...]


    28. It's quite short (at only 150 or so pages) but it ain't snappy - Debord manages to excoriate ideology, alienation, much of the Old Left, almost all of the New Left and provide us with a circuitous and at times dense analysis of the emerging consumer society of the late 20th century. I keep coming back to it, and I keep finding turns of phrase and pieces of an argument that make me revisit and revise my political sense of the world around me. A deserved classic.


    29. Probably the definitive summation of Situationist theory. Debord can get kind of caught up in his own terminology systems (probably the translation doesn't help here) and I definitely don't know enough Marx/Hegel/Russian History to follow everything, but definitely a pretty worthwhile and interesting take on 20th century culture and politics, even so.


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