Capital admiring itself in its own image

‘Le caractere fondamentalement tautologique du spectacle decoule du simple fait que ses moyens sont en meme temps son but.   Il est le soleil qui ne se couche jamais sur l’empire de la passivite moderne. Il recouvre toute la surface du monde et baigne indefiniment dans sa propre gloire.’

‘The fundamentally tautological character of the spectacle results from the simple fact that its means are at the same time its ends.  It is the sun that never sets on the empire of modern passivity. It covers the whole surface of the world and bathes indefinitely in its own glory.’

(own translation of Guy Debord, La Societe du Spectacle,  paragraph 13, according to 1971 editions champ libre edition.  All of The Society of the Spectacle is available in English at Ken Knabb’s  Bureau of Public Secrets site, cf. Blogroll. The photo collage is of Elizabeth Street, Sydney.)

Caravaggio, 'Narcissus'


~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on August 27, 2010.

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