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Wiki for Collaborative Studies of Arts, Media and Humanities. 9. Mai Transcript of “Die Gesellschaft des Spektakels” – Guy Debord. Gliederung Einführung Inhalt Aktualität der kritischen Theorie in Bezug auf die. : Die Gesellschaft des Spektakels () by Guy Debord and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available.

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Council for Maintaining the Occupations. Eyerman took a series of photographs of the audience wearing spektxkels glasses. The meaning of words participates in the improvement.

This page was last edited on 4 Novemberat The spectacle is the inverted image of society in which relations between commodities have supplanted relations between people, in which “passive identification with the spectacle supplants genuine activity”. The Society of the Spectacle French: In his analysis of the spectacular society, Debord notes that the quality of life is impoverished, [6] with such a lack of authenticity that human perceptions are affected, and an attendant degradation of knowledge, which in turn hinders critical thought.

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Images, Debord says, have supplanted genuine human interaction. Life magazine used one of the photographs as the cover of a brochure about the decade. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Spectacle is “affirmation of all human lifenamely social life, as mere appearance” from thesis 6: Being a star means specializing in the seemingly lived; the star is the object of identification with the shallow seeming life that has to compensate for the fragmented productive specializations which are actually lived.

Levin Dismantling the Spectacle: When Debord says that “All that was once directly lived has become mere representation,” he is referring to the central importance of the image in contemporary society. Socialism portal Communism portal Politics portal. The book is considered a seminal text for the Situationist movement.


In a consumer society, social speltakels is not about living, but about having; the spectacle uses the image to convey what people need and must have. Thesis makes this point, rhetorically:. Works Can Dialectics Break Bricks?

Debofd of the first edition. Can Dialectics Break Bricks? Debord also draws an equivalence between the role of mass media marketing in the present and the role of religions in the past. Consequently, social life moves further, leaving a state of “having” and proceeding into a state of “appearing”; namely the appearance of the image.

The Society of the Spectacle is a critique of contemporary consumer culture and commodity fetishismdealing with gesellachaft such as class alienationcultural homogenizationand mass media. In Chapter 8, “Negation and Consumption Within Culture”, Debord includes a critical analysis of the works of three American sociologists.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It embraces an author’s phrase, makes dse of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea. Each thesis contains one paragraph. In Debord’s treatment, modern society forces culture to constantly re-appropriate or re-invent itself, copying and re-packaging old ideas.

Whyteauthor of the bestseller The Organization Man. This is why the spectator feels at home nowhere, because the spectacle is everywhere. In thesisDebord mentions some American sociologists who have described the general project of developed capitalism which “aims to recapture the fragmented worker as a personality well integrated in the group;” the examples mentioned by Debord are David Riesmanauthor of The Lonely Crowdand William H.

The externality of the spectacle in relation to the active man appears in the fact that his own gestures are no longer his but those of another who represents spekakels to him. The growth of their real historical power goes together with a popularization of the possession of myth and illusion. Wright Millsauthor of White Collar: Wikisource has original text related to this article: Debord contends further that “the ghy of religion and of the family the principal vesellschaft of the heritage of class power and the moral repression they assure, merge whenever the enjoyment of this world is affirmed—this world being nothing other than repressive pseudo-enjoyment.


Thus, Debord ‘s fourth thesis is: Image at Getty Images: Le sens des mots spektake,s participe.

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Because the notion of the spectacle involves real life being replaced by representations of real life, Society of the Spectacle is also concerned with the notion of authenticity versus inauthenticity, a theme which is revisited in Chapter 8, “Negation and Consumption within Culture”. In the Situationist view, situations are actively created moments characterized by “a sense of self-consciousness of existence within a particular environment or ambience”. Print HardcoverPaperback.

Debord’s aim and proposal is “to wake up the spectator who has been drugged by spectacular images Debord published a follow-up book Comments on the Society of the Spectacle in Articles containing French-language text Webarchive template wayback links.

These religions arose on the soil of history, and established themselves there. Views Read Edit View history. Anonymity Concentration of media ownership Freedom of speech Media bias Privacy. The book cover of the edition is derived from a photograph by the Life magazine photographer, J.