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eBook The Society of the Spectacle: Annotated Edition ePub

by Ken Knabb,Guy Debord

  • ISBN: 0939682060
  • Category: Politics and Government
  • Subcategory: Politics
  • Author: Ken Knabb,Guy Debord
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bureau of Public Secrets; annotated edition edition (March 20, 2014)
  • Pages: 150
  • ePub book: 1596 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1825 kb
  • Other: mobi mbr lit docx
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 910

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Debord’s book is a legitimate book of pure philosophy.

Debord’s book is a legitimate book of pure philosophy. The only difference is that Debord’s book bears a connection and relevance to everyday life. It will change yours. That's how insidious & pervasive the society of the spectacle really is. We are everywhere faced with a shiny, trendy, relentlessly cheerful image designed to flatter & ensnare us in its meshes. None of us escapes it entirely. but the first steps are recognizing the lie of the image & reclaiming as much of our own reality as we can.

Contrary to popular misconceptions, Debord’s book is neither an ivory tower philosophical discourse nor a mere expression .

Contrary to popular misconceptions, Debord’s book is neither an ivory tower philosophical discourse nor a mere expression of protest  . Contents: Preface by Ken Knabb 1. Separation Perfected 2. The Commodity as Spectacle 3. Unity and Division Within Appearances 4. The Proletariat as Subject and Representation 5. Time and History 6. Spectacular Time 7. Territorial Management 8. Negation and Consumption Within Culture 9. Ideology Materialized.

The Society of the Spectacle (French: La société du spectacle) is a 1967 work of philosophy and Marxist critical theory by Guy Debord, in which the author develops and presents the concept of the Spectacle

The Society of the Spectacle (French: La société du spectacle) is a 1967 work of philosophy and Marxist critical theory by Guy Debord, in which the author develops and presents the concept of the Spectacle. The book is considered a seminal text for the Situationist movement. The work is a series of 221 short theses in the form of aphorisms. Each thesis contains one paragraph.

This annotated translation by Ken Knabb, published in. .There have been several previous English translations of Debord's book. 3 The spectacle presents as society itself, as a part of society, and as a means ofunification.

Anyone may freely reproduce or adapt any or all of it. ISBN 978-39682-06-5 Library of Congress Control Number: 2013951566. I have gone through them all and have retained whatever seemed already to be adequate. In particular, I have adopted quite a few of Donald Nicholson-Smith's renderings, though I have diverged from him in many other cases.

The spectacle presents itself simultaneously as society itself, as a part of society, and as a means of unification. As a part of society, it is the focal point of all vision and all consciousness.

The translation was in fact done independently and was not authorized. The spectacle presents itself simultaneously as society itself, as a part of society, and as a means of unification.

Ken Knabb translation (Rebel Press, 2004; annotated e. Bureau of Public Secrets, 2014). Producers Ken Knabb (translator). More Guy Debord albums. Society of the Spectacle - 1977 Black & Red Translation. The Society of the Spectacle - 2002 Knabb translation Q&A.

Ken Knabb (born 1945) is an American writer, translator, and radical theorist, known for his translations of Guy Debord and the Situationist International. He is also a respected authority on the political significance of Kenneth Rexroth. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

A new translation by Donald Nicholson-Smith issued by Zone Books last year, however, may finally bring about some well-deserved recognition to the recently-deceased Debord. Debords intention was to provide a comprehensive critique of the social and political manifestations of modern forms of production, and the analysis he offered in 1967 is as authoritative now as it was then.

Literary Nonfiction. Politics. Critical Theory. Art. Translated from the French and annotated by Ken Knabb. Guy Debord (1931-1994) was the founder and most influential member of the Situationist International, the notorious avant- garde group that helped trigger the May 1968 revolt in France. THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE, originally published in Paris in 1967, has been translated into more than twenty other languages and is arguably the most important radical book of the twentieth century. This is the first edition in any language to include extensive annotations, clarifying the historical allusions and revealing the sources of Debord's "détournements."

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Dorintrius Dorintrius
I don't think of myself as someone who shies away from tackling a challenging text (whether the difficulty is attributable to poor writing, or to the complexity of the ideas being communicated, or to some other reason), but....
I ordered this version because it was the least expensive. The publisher is Black & Red, and the translator is not named.
Use Amazon's "Look Inside" feature to compare this edition to the Donald Nicholson-Smith translation (which is available free online as a 64 page .pdf Adobe Acrobat file), and you'll see what I mean.
I called Amazon's customer service because I didn't know what reason to give for the return ("Lousy Translation"?). As usual, they were very helpful, e-mailed me a return label, and gave me an instant refund, so I'm sending this edition back to them.
you secret you secret
This book is amazing!

This book is arraigned as a series of statements. The statements vary in complexity; some are simple, declarative statements, others are complex, with run-on sentences. There are no page numbers in Debord’s book. Debord’s text consists of some two hundred aphorisms, some simple, others tersely worded and complex, from which he analyzes the full spectrum of the surrounding society and world.

Debord’s is a philosophical indictment of Capitalism. Debord’s primary thesis that Capitalism reduces society to a series of spectacle, images, which cloud reality and in which everything becomes a mere commodity. It is a topsy-turvy world, where the lie is Sacred and the truth reviled.

The impact of Capitalism begins far earlier with Time and Space. Debord’s precise theory is that Capitalism corrupts humanity’s management and perception of Time and Space. Time and Space are divided into more and more discreet pieces, reduced to a commodity, affecting the quality of life. Society, everyday life is reduced to spectacle; from the corruption of society, the arts and sciences are corrupted.

Debord’s book is a legitimate book of pure philosophy. The only difference is that Debord’s book bears a connection and relevance to everyday life. It will change yours.
Mavegar Mavegar
Decades old, this slim volume has only become more relevant with age, delineating the ways in which we are shaped by false & distorted images of reality, rather than reality itself. If anything, the advent of the digital age has only increased the power of the image-makers to shape how we view both the world & ourselves -- and that view is utterly artificial & infinitely malleable. Those who control the images control society ... and we see this every day, in the consumerist lifestyle that's fed to a hungry populace eager to gobble it down. Anything of depth, from political discourse to ethical questions to the spiritual dimensions of life, is reduced to simplistic slogans & images designed to manipulate the individual as subtly but irrevocably as possible.

But did I say "the individual"? Even a cursory glance at contemporary society reveals few genuine individuals. The image of individuality is marketed & sold, of course, so that everyone feels special & singular; but the end result always seems to be people who are "individuals" just like millions of others, all believing themselves to be unique. Yet they all buy the same lifestyle, the same ideas, the same Pavlovian responses to their environment, just as they've been perfectly programmed to do. Oh, there's a gloss of superficial variation, to enhance the notion of individuality! But as for the real thing? The few who don't buy into the image are those derided as freaks, outsiders, uncool, etc.

Let's face it -- even the ideas expressed in this review can & have been commodified, marketed & sold to plenty of people. That's how insidious & pervasive the society of the spectacle really is. We are everywhere faced with a shiny, trendy, relentlessly cheerful image designed to flatter & ensnare us in its meshes. None of us escapes it entirely ... but the first steps are recognizing the lie of the image & reclaiming as much of our own reality as we can. That's what this book will help you do -- highly recommended!
Rasmus Rasmus
Five star book & a good clear translation. Debord is pretty clear & concise in any event. The problem with this Kindle edition is the lack of links. It is not particularly easy on a kindle to constantly jump between text & footnotes, & as this translation is annotated, every section is footnoted. I did not pay $7.99 for a text which is available free online because I am an idiot. I paid the money with the expectation that the text would be easier to use. Link the notes.