Guy Debord (2726 words)


Guy Debord was a radical political activist, filmmaker, theorist, bohemian, and provocateur. His various activities, mainly in France between 1952 and 1990, were all unified by his ambition to develop a truly radical and revolutionary strategy to overturn capitalist society. In fact, Debord regarded himself primarily as a strategist and read and quoted widely from military thinkers, even creating his own war game (Kriegspiel) known as A Game of War (2007). His major theoretical achievement is La Société du spectacle (The Society of the Spectacle) (1967), which analysed capitalist society as structured by the social form of the “spectacle”, whereby …

Citation: Noys, Benjamin. "Guy Debord". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 March 2009 [, accessed 24 October 2020.]

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