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The Society of the Spectacle

Another work of political and cultural theory found on my brother's bookshelf.

Going off the back blurb, it's going to look at modernity, capitalism, and everyday life; and it's crucial "for understanding the contemporary effects of power, which are increasingly inseparable from the new virtual worlds of our rapidly changing image/information culture."

This overlap of power and new virtual worlds / information culture interests me.

An earlier stage in the economy's domination of social life entailed an obvious downgrading of being into having that left its stamp on all human endeavour. The present stage, in which social life is completely taken over by the accumulated products of the economy, entails a generalized shift from having to appearing: all effective "having" must now derive its immediate prestige and its ultimate raison d'etre from appearances.

– The Society of the Spectacle

The spectacle is hence a technological version of the exiling of human powers in a "world beyond" - and the perfection of separation within human beings.

– The Society of the Spectacle

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