Friday, February 26, 2010

The Society of the Spectacle

9. In a world that really has been turned on its head, truth is a moment of falsehood.

12. The spectacle manifests itself as an enormous positivity, out of reach and beyond dispute. All it says is: "Everything that appears is good; whatever is good will appear." The attitude that it demands in principle is the same passive acceptance that it has already secured by means of its seeming incontrovertibility, and indeed by its monopolization of the realm of appearances.

1 comment:

Ed Howard said...

#12 seems especially relevant to the dissemination of culture: the very common idea that what's "popular" is inherently good and that if less popular cultural artifacts actually were any good, they'd be rewarded for it. It's the falsity that the spectacle is receptive to quality, and that viewers (aka everyone) should passively accept what we're offered, culturally speaking as well as, of course, in the realm of politics.