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[Audun Solli] spectacle

Audun Solli: The “spectacle” is a complex term that refers to the mechanisms that the present dominant mode of productions, i.e., capitalism. The spectacle is the source of the only discourse that is used in capitalism, secular society: it’s a celebration of a choice already made about the mode of production. In other words, the spectacle essentially refer to the mechanisms, that uphold capitalism and that allege that no other way so organizing production is possible. Thus, the spectacle’s function in society is “the concrete manufacture of alienation” (#32)., i.e., by consuming spectacles, one is separated/alienated from forming or making one’s own life. // The spectacle constitutes the exercise of power, as defined by Foucault; the spectacle restricts the possible actions, that people can take. // [Very good!]

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