Society of The Spectacle. Thesis #2

2.

The images detached from every aspect of life fuse in a common stream in which the unity of this life can no longer be reestablished. Reality considered partially unfolds, in its own general unity, as a pseudo-world apart, an object of mere contemplation. The specialization of images of the world is completed in the world of the autonomous image, where the liar has lied to himself. The spectacle in general, as the concrete inversion of life, is the autonomous movement of the non-living

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Society of the Spectacle. Theses #1

Material is taken from  “Society of the Spectacle“, by Guy Debord. Hopefully this will wake some people up and realize the cycle that we are all born into.

I will post info on Guy Debord and his book later.

1. In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.



What have you accomplished?

Ever thought of what you’ve accomplished in your lifetime?

I mean people of my generation have been alive for the past 23-22 years. That is near two and a half decades. Have any of them ever question themselves on what they have achieved since the second they seen the light through their mother’s womb?

Achieving anything could be layered in categories and hierarchies of importance, of course. Some things may matter to some or not, and vice versa. Setting your own levels of importance and lists of priorities is obviously dependent on your situation and place in society. It is extremely hard to never be influenced by the society that you live in and just make up your own priorities. The levels of importance are directly derived from the very social structure that you live in. Because without the knowledge that is received from the social structure and the outside world, no one can really move up the social hierarchy.

What is meant by social hierarchy is to be a part of a certain level in society. Which is based on your income, occupation, role in society, wealth, any political connections, etc.

If you happened to be a hermit, or a caveman/cavewoman, or someone that literally has no connection with the outside world, you wouldn’t care to even think how much money should be gained, how much books they should read or even how generous they should be. They are blocked from any socialization, therefore there is no need to compare the self to anything else. Therefore, no need to set priorities other than how to be alive and that is it.

Back to priorities. Since it is inevitable to have society influencing you, at some point you will start to prioritize life and realize that you should have a better life than the one that you are currently in. Obviously “having a better life” can vary in different ways. Some of us are born within a wealthy family, doesn’t have to work a day in their lives which means that they have everything they need; from finest of foods to the finest of schools. And some are the opposite. Born within a financially struggling family that worked hard for everything that is ever earned.

Before i keep on babbling and steering away from the point, no matter what your levels of importance and priorities may be. No matter what you consider bad, good, evil, ugly, foe, ally, harmful, beneficial; just make sure that what you do is done genuinely for you and/or your family. No need to impress the ones you call friends or close friends or class mates.

Alot of people strive to finish education, fighting for the best jobs, buying the next cars and houses solely for the image that they want to project to the watcher. I mean, who really cares? You may care, but what benefit will it really have for you? an Ego boost and a bunch of respects because you own a 150K car ? Maybe so. But other than that, nothing else really matters.

I should add a quote by Master Lao Tzu: “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” And another by Will Rogers: “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”

To find a balance between setting your priorities without being too into how society will perceive you is key. Not to be a secluded hermit, nor a flashing, bragging individual. Know your limits, know your needs, set a plan with priorities and execute them efficiently. Getting yourself another job, a better car that runs on less gas, a higher education, higher grades, better life for yourself and your family, a better house, a guaranteed peace of mind for your family or yourself, whatever the goals may be; just make sure you are achieving them for yourself without harming anyone so you can be more satisfied with yourself  by the most enjoyable way. No one likes to be pressured.

Those who may know me understand what i’ve been through, where i was and where i currently am. I do not feel the need to list my accomplishments according to the North American and Middle Eastern society. By the grace of God i’ve gone through hell and came out. I really am thankful of all the hardships that were laid upon me. Without them i wouldn’t appreciate what i have now.

Now if you read this, ask yourself: What have i accomplished within my lifetime?

Miss Gaga got some BAD Romance.

I don’t watch TV. Nor do i listen to the radio. But i DO watch Youtube (which will be our TV by the next two year or so) and surf the net for numerous hours each day. I run into videos sometimes that i wish i would’ve had the chance to lay down my two cents on and give it a critique of my own. Even though the current social media is something that i want to fix and make it function in some way, there are some brilliant and extremely creative individuals out there that take advantage of the capabilities they can obtain from having access to the social media and the music industry; instead of using the usual equation of making a music video. And to talk about those individuals, a “Video.Critique” category must exist.

Even though i never imagined the day where i would dedicate time and thoughts on a video that belongs to Lady Gaga. I’ve kept my eyes on her since she appeared in the scene with “Just Dance” and thought it was decent. You know how you react when a new artist comes out; you say “oh ok, new song, new beats with new ideas. She will probably be just another one in the crowd of pop music

“Bad Romance”, however, blew my mind. The instrumental and the lyrics are on point to the Tee.

The whole video destroys the concept of having the stereotypical idea of “romance”:

  • As she puts on a show, she’s being bid on by some European man so then they both can “Gaga”, she gets paid and bounce right after.
  • Some ladies are torturing her, seems like they work for the European dude.
  • It is filled with empty, un-romantic types of representations.

That’s some horrible romance. But back to the video. It talks about romance and emotions, yet the whole video is materialistic in a neo-goth, fashion-obsessed way. Sending out a clear message that materialism cant be as satisfying as romance.

And, as always, you’re pretty familiar with the fact that companies are the first ones to jump on new music videos that caters to the Chic culture to promote their products. I don’t blame them, they need to boost sales by all means. So lets take a look at the brand names shown:

  1. Nemiroff: Ukrainian Vodka.
  2. (not sure if it’s an actual brand or not) Monster: Labeled on the corpse-looking pod at the beginning of the video.
  3. Carrera: Sunglasses.
  4. Parrot (By Stark) : iPod speakers.
  5. And finally, designer heels by Alexander McQueen: the retarded looking shoes.

…yes i did my research.

The choreography looks like it’s highly influenced by “Thriller” and “Ghosts“, both by Michael Jackson (R.I.P), with a little touch of classical Indian hand gestures. Which was very well done.

Even though the video is promoting the high, elite class, it still shows that the song isn’t about those material objects; it’s about Bad Romance. Which made me open my eyes and realize that this singer isn’t “Gaga’in” around…ok i’ll stop it with the jokes.
To be frank, her first album wasn’t all that. With this new single, i’m sensing her second album will have similar content to this one.

I would never picture myself writing about this, but for this one i had to. It was on repeat for an hour straight.

Blessings.

Al Jarreau 1976 – Take Five

It’s quite rare to see someone in a video before my birth that understands how i feel about music sometimes.

Original:

Equals:

I think i’ve found love.

I.Think.i.Found copy

I think i’ve found it.

Madvillainy

The illest villains raid as the accordion deflates, as the meat grinder grinds into curls.

He says “Do Not Fire” as they sang figaro going for the money folder.
This is hardcore hustle, call it operation Lifesaver. Its done through strange ways before rainbows witnessed and after a bistro.
They are America’s Most Blunted that don’t fancy clowns since their third eye can predict only Great days within the shadows of tomorrow and it will not be written in ALL CAPS for them to see.

Rhinestone cowboy…is a Madvillain.