Sunday, August 30, 2009


""""""The spectacle grasped in its totality is both the result and the project of the existing mode of production. It is not a supplement to the real world, an additional decoration. It is the heart of the unrealism of the real society. In all its specific forms, as information or propaganda, as advertisement or direct entertainment consumption, the spectacle is the present model of socially dominant life. It is the omnipresent affirmation of the choice already made in production and its corollary consumption. The spectacle’s form and content are identically the total justification of the existing system’s conditions and goals. The spectacle is also the permanent presence of this justification, since it occupies the main part of the time lived outside of modern production."""""

Under the shimmering diversions of the spectacle, banalization dominates modern society the world over and at every point where the developed consumption of commodities has seemingly multiplied the roles and objects to choose from. The remains of religion and of the family (the principal relic of the heritage of class power) and the moral repression they assure, merge whenever the enjoyment of this world is affirmed–this world being nothing other than repressive pseudo-enjoyment. The smug acceptance of what exists can also merge with purely spectacular rebellion; this reflects the simple fact that dissatisfaction itself became a commodity as soon as economic abundance could extend production to the processing of such raw materials.

Holy Liberté, égalité, fraternité, Batman

The celebrity, the spectacular representation of a living human being, embodies this banality by embodying the image of a possible role. Being a star means specializing in the seemingly lived; the star is the object of identification with the shallow seeming life that has to compensate for the fragmented productive specializations which are actually lived. Celebrities exist to act out various styles of living and viewing society unfettered, free to express themselves globally. They embody the inaccessible result of social labor by dramatizing its by-products magically projected above it as its goal: power and vacations, decision and consumption, which are the beginning and end of an undiscussed process. In one case state power personalizes itself as a pseudo-star; in another a star of consumption gets elected as a pseudo-power over the lived. But just as the activities of the star are not really global. they are not really varied.""""

(la authentique Gauche! scary. We don't agree with Debord's poMo anti-realism as applied to a micro level--i.e. Electricity. We do agree with Debord to some extent in regards to the macro, as applied to society, politics, consumerism. Vegas, Disneyland, the NFL, political rhetoric, the latest Tarentino spectacle should not be mistaken for Reality).



9 said...

The D-wind! Health care insurance providers are CANNIBALS. Wow.

Ignis Fatuus 101.

Hey McTransparency-- We already got yr Illinois fat-boy troll traced. He's quite the deviant. And I suspect not exactly well-liked by his neighbors (links oder rechts)

D-wind's loud, stupid rhetorical rants are not only crass and fallacious (like in terms of...... stupid, loud generalizations), they embody what's wrong with phony-crats.

Anyway, how typically bourgeois to suggest one must support Medicare--as is the trite idea that the republicans are the party of the rich, and Demos of workers and poor. Heh. The Demos have more money, more corporate power, more campaign financing. Medicare and the VA's are at least as corrupt as the private health care rackets.

phritz said...

and Buh bye to Brainfartius as well

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