Society of the Spectacle: WTF? Guy Debord, Situationism and the Spectacle Explained

Society of the Spectacle: WTF? Guy Debord, Situationism and the Spectacle Explained

39 thoughts on “Society of the Spectacle: WTF? Guy Debord, Situationism and the Spectacle Explained

  1. You asked for it so I made it! If you'd like to check out my follow-up to this video in which I look at the spectacle and recuperation, pop over here: Enjoy!

  2. I just want to note the truly excellent timing- immediately after you said we were bombarded with visual advertising, before during and after our YouTube videos… I got an ad.

  3. great points of explanation, this video really helps me through to understand what the spectacle theory is. do you have the video explanation of Foucault, i need that to help me on media studies class tbh?

  4. Thanks Tom, I bought the book knowing very little about it. Honestly, I heard it mentioned on a talk show recently, and thought it should be one I read. Bit above my pay grade, as the text is very complex. The youtube really helped and i'll soldier on. (perhaps i just wish to ‘appear' as somenone who coud digest such a book 😉 )

  5. My 2 cents/pence is that a deep study of Edward Bernays’ philosophies and constructs (and derivatives made by disciples and others, replicating his signals) negates the need to study any “postmodern” philosophy. At least to length.

    Virtually all of the postmodernists were trying to describe a rapidly growing social system and simulation of reality that he “created”.

    They were trying make sense of a representation of the world, while not knowing who he was and what he “created”.

    Bernays work infiltrated and influenced political messaging and war reporting more than any other policial scientist or military propagandist before him, and since him.

    Even with the internet, we are still dead-ended by a world/social view dominated by his messaging.

    Indeed. As the internet of things and AI become common place, there will an emergence of a more troubling “reality”. And one that will have to compete with the hyper of virtual/augmented reality. That is, if we survive long enough on the planet to perfect it.

  6. just as he said that we are being bombarded with adds in youtube i got an fucking add…. its crazy when you think about it

  7. Hi Tom, this is truly interesting and nicely put, reminds me of the artists termed Pop Art, who kind of explored similar ideas on their canvases. It also reminds me of a quote I found from a book called 'Crash' by J.G. Ballard – “We live in a world ruled by fictions of every kind—mass merchandising, advertising, politics conducted as a branch of advertising, the instant translation of science and technology into popular imagery, the increasing blurring and intermingling of identities within the realm of consumer goods, the preempting of any free or original imaginative response to experience by the television screen. We live inside an enormous novel. For the writer in particular it is less and less necessary for him to invent the fictional content of his novel. The fiction is already there. The writer's task is to invent the reality.”

  8. interesting subject! I actually came to a similar conclusion sometime ago but I think of it in terms of what I call "survival inflation"

  9. Do it…more please….in the context of France in the sixties. I always found resonance with the idea of the Spectacle and Guy Debord

  10. Yes, our world is based on illusion. On my channel I try to sift through the illusions and get to the truth.

  11. at around 9:20
    another really famous examples is Nike's CEO who said "the one still selling a product is an idiot, as of today one sells a brand" or smth

  12. Hello, I stumbled upon your video right after I watched Debord's Society of the Spectacle film and I want to thank you for your explanation because I found myself struggle understanding the content of the film. I would really appreciate if you make a continuation of this video. Great work and thank you very much!

  13. Well done Tom ! That was quite interesting, you very well grasped the essence of Debord's book ! And yes it would be appreciated if you could make a follow up to this video, simply because Debord wrote a sequel to "The society of the spectacle" in 1988 which is "Comments on the society of the spectacle".

  14. Great video. I've just ordered the book. Frankie Boyle led me and no doubt many others here. Keep up the good work 🙂

  15. The thing that gets me is that we are all a part of the spectacle. Very rarely in our day do we not feed into it. We talk of the spectacle as if it was a monster that was created by some external factor, but in actuality it is us who created it. We all have our own part to play. More crucially we will just keep rolling down the hill in a bus with no breaks until the wheels fall off or we run off the cliff edge.

  16. Saw the 'Spectacle' reference used on Frankie Boyle's New World Order tonight- needed more info. This was really well explained, thank you sir. (sounds like Debord was on to something)

  17. Great vid. I'm watching the Spectacle now and he keeps reminding me of Coluche speaking to a union gathering of janitors. "Camarades, balayeurs…" It seems he's complaining about the society that people like Edward Bernays created at the turn of the 20th Century, right after WWI. The Consumer Society. Personally, I prefer Coluche's version!

  18. oh hey cool, nice video. I wish I would have seen this when I was still working on my video.if you're interested you should totally check my video out I just came out with it a few days ago.

  19. Excellent summation of the core of "The Society of The Spectacle" Debord was certainly prescient but not even he could have foreseen the modern world and the centrality of social media. No doubt he would have been shocked and disturbed to see how Facebook, Twitter and the like have comodified, monetised and colonised our psyches and entrenched the spectacle even deeper into the core of who we think we are or who and what we would like (to think) to be. Relationships, emotions, opinions and even experiences are all now saleable resources.

  20. Great video! I just came to see how to pronounce "Guy Debord," but ended up staying for the whole thing! You have a very clear and direct way of breaking down the content without losing the substance of it. I would watch a follow-up video.

  21. at 8:36 "..during and after our YouTube videos.." my video stopped because of an advertisement. i laughed for 15 minutes

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