Society of the Spectacle

An Illustrated Guide to Guy Debord’s ‘The Society of the Spectacle’

  • Posted on: 12 August 2016
  • By: thecollective

From Hyperallergic

Guy Debord’s (1931–1994) best-known work, La société du spectacle (The Society of the Spectacle) (1967), is a polemical and prescient indictment of our image-saturated consumer culture. The book examines the “Spectacle,” Debord’s term for the everyday manifestation of capitalist-driven phenomena; advertising, television, film, and celebrity.

Topic of the Week: Can We Live Real Lives as Anarchists?

  • Posted on: 15 February 2016
  • By: thecollective

As anarchists living in an consumer-driven industrial world where so much of our lives is dominated or facilitated by the State or what we may call Capitalism, what can we consider to be real in our lives, if anything? Are we truly in a Society of the Spectacle, or perhaps lost in the depths of post-modernity or some similar state of extreme alienation that makes the real impossible? Are we truly separated from nature, or are these all simply labels and empty theories that can only attempt to frame the chaotic and complicated world around us?