Our Spectacular Society

Written by French Theorist Guy Debord and first published in 1967, Society of the Spectacle is an in depth, yet fairly ambiguous account of modernity that attempts to identify the characteristics of the phase of capitalism named ‘the spectacle’ by Situationist International. Debord’s central argument is that the ‘spectacular’ circumstances of ‘commodity fetishism’ and representation surrounding our social culture are the root cause for the degradation of human existence. Society of the Spectacle is somewhat a dissertation on the modern human condition and offers an extensive observation of the ways the spectacle affects how we understand and interpret our social interactions, environments, culture and history.

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