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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Table of Contents
I. Separation Perfected
II. The Commodity as Spectacle
III. Unity and Division Within Appearances
IV. The Proletariat as Subject and Representation
V. Time and History
VI. Spectacular Time
VII. Environmental Planning
VIII. Negation and Consumption in the Cultural Sphere
IX. Ideology in Material Form
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Guy Debord puts the Hegelian concept of the totality into focus with this seminal work in our search for real progress. While all the pomos are busy defining the inevitability of power, Debord puts everyone in the driver's seat now. The only passengers in real life are those who make the Great Man great. A so-called leftist, Debord correctly assessed the destiny of the Soviets in this 1968-text. What he has to say about capitalism isn't any nicer and just as accurate. Listen up, kids!