Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Guy Debord - Society of the Spectacle (~90:00)

"The spectacle is capital accumulated to the point that it becomes images.

Critical theory must communicate itself in its own language — the language of contradiction, which must be dialectical in both form and content. It must be an all-inclusive critique, and it must be grounded in history. It is not a 'zero degree of writing,' but its reversal. It is not a negation of style, but the style of negation."

"The society that reshapes its entire surroundings has evolved its own special technique for molding its own territory, which constitutes the material underpinning for all the facets of this project. Urbanism — “city planning” — is capitalism’s method for taking over the natural and human environment. Following its logical development toward total domination, capitalism now can and must refashion the totality of space into its own particular decor."

Video files are here: http://www.ubu.com/film/debord_spectacle.html
Text translation of the film is here: http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/debord.films/spectacle.htm
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