The Decline and Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economy

    Debord’s analysis of Watt’s Riots 1965

A revolt against the spectacle — even if limited to a single district such as Watts — calls everything into question because it is a human protest against a dehumanized life, a protest of real individuals against their separation from a community that would fulfill their true human and social nature and transcend the spectacle. — Quote from:  SI, ‘The Decline and Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economy’ (1965).

Read the Situationist analysis of the Watt’s Riots here.

S’worth a look.



~ by Wit on April 1, 2010.

2 Responses to “The Decline and Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economy”

  1. i think this is one of the most solid SI texts – you can really see their theoretical work transferring to practice.

    • Yes, definitely. It’s was a good read, a good account. I read that Donald Nicholson-Smith was involved in translating it and distributing it in American in ’65. Hah! I can imagine that it got a LOT of backs up – at least, if it was distributed widely enough and read.

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