Back in 1967, Guy Debord wrote, “It is the sun that never sets over the empire of modern passivity. It covers the entire surface of the globe, endlessly basking in its own glory.” When he wrote that sentence, the late Monsieur Debord may have been under the impression that “it” was his “spectacle,” but it may as well have been porn.
“Porn is the sun that never sets over the empire of modern passivity. Porn covers the entire surface of the globe, endlessly basking in its own glory.”
Nearly 50 years ago, Guy Debord’s “The Society of the Spectacle” reached bookshelves in France. It was a thin book in a plain white cover, with an obscure publisher and an author who shunned interviews, but its impact was immediate and far-reaching, delivering a social critique that helped shape France’s student protests and disruptions of 1968.
This episode is part two of the once-a-month series of interviews with Isaac Cronin where we discuss his interesting life. This episode mostly discusses his time in Berkeley in the mid-sixties and touches on the FSM (which is expanded on in the next interview).