Society of spectacle

June 11, 2008

“In a series of epigrammatic paragraphs The Society of the Spectacle asserts that post-war capitalism has reinforced its control over the masses through the transformation of culture as a whole into a commodity. Thus the spectacle is not so much a set of particular cultural or media events and images, but characterises the entire social world today as an illusion , a separation from, or masking of, real life.”

From: Lister, Martin and Dovey, Jon et.al. (2003), New Media: A Critical Introduction, London: Routledge, p. 145

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