Society of Spectacle: Demmies Do Hollywood
JM, Sawing Logs, Forest Lawn Glendale, 1.29.08
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What promised to be a decent debate is written of as though it were a SuperBowl. There are ceaseless notes about the crowd, the venue, the seating, the bright happy shininess of it all. Everyone is There.
Mostly missing are sincere attempts to use what is transpiring to inform.
I know you're not likely big on French situationists, but Guy Debord said over forty years ago:
The spectacle is the bad dream of a modern society in chains and ultimately expresses nothing more than its wish for sleep. The spectacle is the guardian of that sleep.That said, there was a pretty good book written last year by NYU prof Stephen Duncome: "Dream: Re-imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy." Duncome argued in some ways even more violently than Debord about spectacle; it is to him "the property of fascism." To wish for sleep, however, is ultimately to dream, and dreams are from whence ideas come.
Ideas? There will be none tonight. None by the primary either. But maybe someone will go to sleep long enough to have one.
BTW: what I like about this blog: the way people are fantasists, the way they are characters here, especially Zuma, Sam, Red Spot, Valley Doll, Antonio Watch and also commenters like, DQ, Captain Jack, Jack Hoff: they're all dreamers, they're all re-imaginers, and none are asleep. Politics is best when it's a carnival; and this blog is one every day. It's more fun Here than There.