We meet at PNCA (1241 NW Johnson st.) for now on Saturdays at 2pm. Group will be reading first six thesis or so of Debord's Comments on the Society of the Spectacle and discussing it this saturday. All are welcome having read the "homework" or not. We will start discussion Feb. 26 and probably read 15 pages a week or so. You do the math. This has been going on more or less for almost a year. Conversations ranging in size from a rotating core of four to larger groups of eight or nine. We've discussed parts from Debord's and Vaneigem's books as well as parts of the Situationist Anthology and related materials, taking situationist theory and practice as inspiration for living radically in, and combating, present society.
Links: Comments on the Society of the Spectacle: http://www.notbored.org/commentaires.html
Society of the Spectacle: http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/debord/index.htm
The Revolution of Everyday Life: http://library.nothingness.org/articles/SI/en/pub_contents/5
Situationist Archive online: http://www.cddc.vt.edu/sionline/si/situ.html
"Once one controls the mechanism which operates the only form of social verification to be fully and universally recognized, one can say what one likes. The spectacle proves its arguments simply by going round in circles: by coming back to the start, by repetition, by constant reaffirmation in the only space left where anything can be publicly affirmed, and believed, precisely because that is the only thing to which everyone is witness. Spectacular power can similarly deny whatever it likes, once, or three times over, and change the subject; knowing full well there is no danger of any riposte, in its own space or any other.
"For the agora, the general community, has gone, along with communities restricted to intermediary bodies or to independant institutions, to salons or cafes, or to workers in a single company. There is no place left where people can discuss the realities which concern them, because they can never lastingly free themselvese form the crushing presence of media discourse and of the various forces organized to relay it."
Guy Debord 1988 from Comments on the Society of the Spectacle be
realistic, demand the impossible!
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