Spectacular Emptiness is a meandering treatise,
clearly intended to signify conceptual mind-constructs.
The book imitates meta-space by exploring its depths
as duplication, reverberation and redundancy.
The text is penetrated by and shot through with
tendencies characteristic of networks and paths.
Most use the same paths to arrive at different points.
He arrives at the same points by using different paths.
Spectacle has become the major means of promotion,
reproduction, circulation and selling of commodities.
In the race to increase its power and profit media
culture creates technologically sophisticated spectacles.
Exaggerated entertainment has decisively shaped contemporary
societies and cultures in the advanced capitalist countries.
Sensational murder trials, terrorist bombings, celebrity
and political sex scandals increasingly dominate news shows.
A media-consumer society’s organized round the production
and consumption of images, commodities and staged events.
Celebrity is manufactured and managed as media spectacle.
Celebrities are cultural icons, the gods of everyday life.
The spectacle is a tool of pacification and depoliticization.
It’s soma for the masses, intended to stupefy and distract us.
We remain alienated and passive. By submissively consuming
spectacles we’re cut off from personal creative production.
Spectacular capitalism separates us from the products of labor,
art from life and consumption from self-directed activity.