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Spectacle and the Self

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

The history of the spectacle is tied to the politics of illusion, seduction, fantasy, and exaggeration. The spectacle's main function is to promote passivity and confusion by manipulating the perception of events in such a way as to obscure their true nature. Under different social formations, it emerges in different forms. Under late capitalism, what constitutes the modern spectacle is a complex network of ideological and material conditions. These conditions now play an increasingly significant role ...

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