Analysis Of The Society Of The Spectacle By Guy Debord

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This book report is on the society of the spectacle by guy Debord. It is a theory that our society is dominated by images and characterizes and drives our consumer society. The images we see are seen through various methods such as Advertisements, television and other media outlets along with banners and signs. People in consumerism see images of things for them to buy and they go and but things and the reality that the world makes becomes what they are about. Regardless if the people have the money or not they can get credit and pay for it with money they don’t have. This idea of credit for everyone helps the people with power to attain more money and power. The more technology progresses the easier it becomes to enhance the consumer society and move into new market areas and continue to move forward with the new way of life in American and the world.
Debord states that “the spectacle is capital accumulated to the point where it becomes image.”(34) This relates to ties between money and the spectacle or images. Advertisements and other methods of getting images out there require money to produce and get out to public. When a product is wanted by the public it then is consumed and helps the upper-class and more powerful people to gain wealth to continue to flood our mind with consumerism. With this money and social control over the mass population there is control by institutions. With constant pressure to buy certain products Debord states “the spectacle is a permanent opium war waged to make it impossible to distinguish goods from commodities.”(44) When people don’t know why they are purchasing a certain product for its social status they are under the spell of consumerism and will do as they are encouraged to do by the power that is held by upper-class. The world has become a different place because of the spectacle. The world has taken on a new reality because people search for people who don’t exist and a life that isn’t real. When a person thinks about their perfect spouse or home the description that is given will most likely have aspects of consumerism and shows how much the society affects us. The spectacle causes altered interactions between people that didn’t used to happen. Debord states “the spectacle is not a collection of images; but rather a social relationship between people that is mediated by images” (4); this states that the spectacles become our life in a sense. The spectacle allows for new interactions that we use to talk with others about, such as talking about what we’re going to get for our families on Christmas. Our world is mostly artificial as stated by Debord “in a world that reality has been turned on its head, truth is a moment of falsehood” (9) our society embraces the falsehood we produce. When most of our interactions are false we end up putting more importance in our appearances and the people we really are becomes less important. As time goes on in our consumer society the more it becomes fabricated, and every...

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