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The Society of the Spectacle Summary
Guy Debord

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The Society of the Spectacle Summary

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The Society of the Spectacle is a philosophical text presented in nine chapters and 221short theses. Each thesis is brief—about a paragraph in length. The text presents an extensive reinterpretation of the philosophy of Marx, with particular focus on commodity fetishism and contemporary mass media. The work of Luk√°cs is central to many theses, as is the philosophy of Hegel. In addition, the text expands Marx's notion of alienation well beyond labor. Debord directly addresses Soviet and American societies in the work.

The text is divided into nine named and enumerated chapters, each of which presents a basic theory and develops it with supporting matter and interpretation. The author presupposes a highly educated reader and throughout the text a plethora of references and insinuated references are discovered. The meaning of the text will change with the reader's familiarity with the various philosophies connected to the...

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