The opening quote reads “But for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, appearance to essence . . . truth is considered profane, and only illusion is sacred. Sacredness is in fact held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness.” —Feuerbach, Preface to the second edition of The Essence of Christianity
Ideas are turned into physical objects. It is easier to manipulate the physical object. The fake shitcoinery are ideologically shown as the 'better' alternative a fantasy world which is more 'sacred' than the real world.
I really need to spend some time on this book, I hope someone can give me some pointers.
I bought it second-hand a few months, been planning to read it but other books kept coming before. Will prioritise and tell you what I get from the read.
When my dad came visiting and noticed it in the bookshelf he grinned a bit and had a little comment (something along the line of "meh, Debord"). Still don't know how to interpret that for sure, but still going to read the book and make up my own mind.
So far what I got from it is that most of our life is mediated through some type of technology. We do not know what it feels like to walk barefoot any more or how to use our muscles because we use shoes and cars to get around. Traditional societies gathered around an object, but the industrial revolution saw people working 'together' but they had no real connection with what they were building since they only knew how to build a part of a part, they were not even sure what the end product is. Now with mass media - our lives are mediated through television and algorthythms . Everything is fake. People worship the fake and make it holy more so than the truth. Everything has gone upside down.
"The spectacle in general, as the concrete inversion of life, is the autonomous movement of the non-living." — Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle