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“Young people everywhere have been allowed to choose between love and a garbage disposal unit. Everywhere they have chosen the garbage disposal unit.”
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“Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs.”
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“Like lost children we live our unfinished adventures.”
Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle
“The more powerful the class, the more it claims not to exist.”
Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle
“... just as early industrial capitalism moved the focus of existence from being to having, post-industrial culture has moved that focus from having to appearing.”
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“Never work.”
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“Ideas improve. The meaning of words participates in the improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It embraces an author's phrase, makes use of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea. ”
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“In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.”
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“The spectacle is not a collection of images, but a social relation among people, mediated by images.”
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“The more he identifies with the dominant images of need, the less he understands his own life and his own desires. The spectacle’s estrangement from the acting subject is expressed by the fact that the individual’s gestures are no longer his own; they are the gestures of someone else who represents them to him.”
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“In a world that has REALLY been turned on its head, truth is a moment of falsehood. ”
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“I have written much less than most people who write; I have drunk much more than most people who drink.”
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“The status of celebrity offers the promise of being showered with ‘all good things’ that capitalism has to offer. The grotesque display of celebrity lives (and deaths) is the contemporary form of the cult of personality; those ‘famous for being famous’ hold out the spectacular promise of the complete erosion of a autonomously lived life in return for an apotheosis as an image. The ideological function of celebrity (and lottery systems) is clear - like a modern ‘wheel of fortune’ the message is ‘all is luck; some are rich, some are poor, that is the way the world is...it could be you!”
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“Tourism, human circulation considered as consumption is fundamentally nothing more than the leisure of going to see what has become banal.”
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“The spectacle is the nightmare of imprisoned modern society which ultimately expresses nothing more than its desire to sleep. The spectacle is the guardian of sleep.”
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“The story of terrorism is written by the state and it is therefore highly instructive… compared with terrorism, everything else must be acceptable, or in any case more rational and democratic.”
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“Revolution is not 'showing' life to people, but making them live. A revolutionary organization must always remember that its objective is not getting its adherents to listen to convincing talks by expert leaders, but getting them to speak for themselves, in order to achieve, or at least strive toward, an equal degree of participation.”
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“Spectacle is the sun that never sets over the empire of modern passivity”
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“Pour savoir écrire, il faut avoir lu, et pour savoir lire, il faut savoir vivre ”
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“There is nothing more natural than to consider everything as starting from oneself, chosen as the center of the world; one finds oneself thus capable of condemning the world without even wanting to hear its deceitful chatter.”
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“The spectacle is capital accumulated to the point where it becomes image.”
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“None of the activity stolen by work can be regained by submitting to what work has produced. - The Society of The Spectacle”
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“The reigning economic system is a vicious circle of isolation. Its technologies are based on isolation, and they contribute to that same isolation. From automobiles to television, the goods that the spectacular system chooses to produce also serve it as weapons for constantly reinforcing the conditions that engender “lonely crowds.”
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“This society eliminates geographical distance only to produce a new internal separation.”
Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle
“The loss of quality that is so evident at every level of spectacular language, from the objects it glorifies to the behavior it regulates, stems from the basic nature of a production system that shuns reality. The commodity form reduces everything to quantitative equivalence. The quantitative is what it develops, and it can develop only within the quantitative.”
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“Where the real world changes into simple images, the simple images become real beings and effective motivations of hypnotic behavior.”
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“The passions have been sufficiently interpreted; the point now is to discover new ones. ”
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“La réalité du temps a été remplacée par la publicité du temps.”
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“The society whose modernisation has reached the stage of integrated spectacle
is characterised by the combined effect of five principal factors: incessant technological renewal, integration of state and economy, generalised secrecy, unanswerable lies, and eternal present . . .
— The Society of the Spectacle”
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“The more powerful the class, the more it claims not to exist, and its power is employed above all to enforce this claim. It is modest only on this one point, however, because this officially nonexistent bureaucracy simultaneously attributes the crowning achievements of history to its own infallible leadership. Though its existence is everywhere in evidence, the bureaucracy must be invisible as a class. As a result, all social life becomes insane.”
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