Debord: "Separation Perfected"

Debord, G. (1992). Separation Perfected. Society of the spectacle (pp. 1-14). London: Rebel Press.

 


 

Begins with quote from Feuerbach-- illusion is sacred, truth profane.

 

"All that was once directly lived has become mere representation" (12)

 

"The spectacle appears at once as society itself, as a part of society and as a means of unification" (12).

 

"The spectacle is not a collection of images; rather, it is a social relationship between people that is mediated by images" (12).

 

Spectacle is not opposite of social activity, but a product of real activity-- still, reciprocal alienation.

 

"At the root of the spectacle lies that oldest of all social divisions of labor, the specialization of power" (18).

 

The "uninterrupted monologue of self-praise" (19). 

 

"Separation is the alpha and omega of the spectacle" (20).

 

Separation of worker and product > "proletarianization of the world" (21).

 

> inactivity (not emancipated from productive activity). All real activity goes into production of spectacle. > disposession and alienation.

 

"The spectacle is capital accumulated to the point where it becomes image" (24).