All my life I have seen only troubled times, extreme divisions in society, and immense destruction; I have taken part in these troubles. - Guy Debord. Guy Debord is one of the 20th Century's most prophetic critics. His bestselling work, Society of the Spectacle , decisively transformed debates on the shape of modernity, capitalism, and everyday life. Since his suicide in 1994, the accuracy and pertinence of his writings on those troubled times is ever more apparent. A Sick Planet brings together three of his key essays. 'The Rise and Fall of the Spectacular Commodity-Economy' is an analysis of the Watts riots in Los Angeles in the summer of 1965, when much of the city's black population fought thousands of police and National Guard for several days. 'The Explosion Point of Ideology in China' examines and celebrates the decomposition of bureaucratic power and its ideology in China. A Sick Planet presents an extremely prescient polemic on global environmental degradation.
|Publication date:||1st February 2008|
|Publisher:||Seagull Books London Ltd|
|Categories:||Environmentalist thought & ideology,|
Guy Debord was an experimental film-maker, essayist and cultural critic, founder and autocratic head of the Situationist International, ideologue and activist. His text The Society of the Spectacle, also made into a film, remains today one of the great theoretical works on modern-day capital, cultural imperialism, and the role of mediation in social relationships. After the dissolution of the Situationist International, Debord was tangentially implicated in the assassination of his friend and publisher Gerard Lebovici. The accusations infuriated Debord, and he consequently prohibited the showing of his films in France during his lifetime. Debord continued writing, and in 1989 he published ...More About Guy Debord