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A truly SPECTACULAR piece of cultural theory (boom, boom!),
By A Customer
This review is from: The Society of the Spectacle (Paperback)
Absolute genius. A lucid, miraculously acute dissection of the true nature of consumerism and commodity culture, which seems even more pertinent today, what with the ever-spiralling drive towards globalisation and the free market. Debord is wonderfully dogmatic, yet the cogency of his argument mean that we have no problem whatsoever in being spoonfed. But, be warned *THIS BOOK COULD CHANGE YOU LIFE* This book truly removes any blinkers, and exposes you to a world turned on it's head, mediated by this sinister, over-arching Spectacle. Also, from a literary point of view, it is very easy to become enmeshed in Debord's epigrammatical style, and certain passages need to re-read for full comprehension. As a result, THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED, and is not, I repeat not, A LIGHT READ! Laid out as a compendium of ~200 theses, vaguely resembling a series of (ultra-cryptic!)crossword puzzles, it includes discussion of (to list but a few points) the cult of celebrity, out-of-town shopping cenntres, festivals, holidays et al. as well as a huge no. of more conventional topics for analysis (e.g. the proletarian class, time, urbanism, marxist discussion etc. etc.) So, overall, a brilliant elucidation of Situationist theory. It has changed the way I think, and it is no over-estimation to say the way I live as well. I just hope that Debord's masterpiece is re-discovered in a big way over the next few years REVOLUTIONISE EVERYDAY LIFE. LIVE WITHOUT DEAD TIME.