La Société du Spectacle

DEBORD, Guy. La Société du Spectacle.

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DEBORD, Guy. La Société du Spectacle. Paris: Buchet/Chastel, 1967.

8vo. Publisher's paper wrappers, spine and upper panel lettered in black, with a photograph of the author on the lower panel; in the original glassine wrapper; pp. [viii], 9-221; a few light marks to paper wrapper, with the glassine well-preserved; light even toning to paper stock; a few pencil inscriptions to text, else a very good copy of an influential text.
First edition. A landmark work in critical theory and cultural criticism, La Société du Spectacle [The Society of the Spectacle] discusses the influential role of media, technology, and capitalism in shaping contemporary society. By introducing the concept of the spectacle as a pervasive system of images and representations that works to control and manipulate members of modern society, Debord offers a scathing critique of modern capitalism and consumer culture. He argues that it is the spectacle which has lead to the commodification of everyday life and the suppression of genuine human experiene and creativity.
Debord was a founding member of the Situationist International, an avant-garde group formed in 1957, who were influential on a variety of social and political movements, including the May 1968 protests in France. The Situationist International were involved in a large number of artistic and cultural interventions, and worked to expse the alienating nature of modern society and to challenge the accepted dominance of capitalist ideology.