The City Cultures and Spaces-8
The Society of the Spectacle
Instructors: Prof. & Dr. Tong Ming, Professor of Urban Design
Time: Thursday, 18:30 - 20:00
时间：周四， 18:30 - 20:00
Location: Room D3, Building D, CAUP, Tongji University
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Images detached from every aspect of life merge into a common stream, and the former unity of life is lost forever. Apprehended in a partial way, reality unfolds in a new generality as a pseudo-world apart, solely as an object of contemplation. The tendency toward the specialization of images-of-the-world finds its highest expression in the world of the autonomous image, where deceit deceives itself. The spectacle in its generality is a concrete inversion of life, and, as such, the autonomous movement of non-life. The Spectacle appears at once as society itself, as a part of society and as a means of unification. As a part of society, it is that sector where all attention, all consciousness, converges. Being isolated - and precisely for that reason - this sector is the locus of illusion and false consciousness; the unity it imposes is merely the oﬀicial language of generalized separation.