The Society of the Spectacle Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What role do images play in the spectacle, as explained in thesis 2?

In thesis 2, images become detached from reality, creating deception. Images become objects of contemplation and the images become a pseudo reality.

2. What three things does the spectacle become, as explained in thesis 3?

In thesis 3, Debord explains that the spectacle becomes three things. It is simultaneously society, a part of society, and a means of unifying society. Ironically, this unifying is really an illusion of a separated society.

3. What does Debord mean when he says that the spectacle should be viewed as "a weltanschauung"?

When Debord says that the spectacle should be viewed as "a weltanschauung" he means that the spectacle should be seen as a world view that has been transformed into materialism.

4. How does the spectacle "epitomize the prevailing model of social life," according to Debord?

According to Debord, the spectacle "epitomizes the prevailing model of social life" by serving as a justification for the existing system of production. It celebrates the product and not the process.

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