Guy Debord, author of The Society of the Spectacle. Shot himself, 30 November 1994.
Chris adds [11.30.2002]: The excellent, anarchist Daily Bleed provides these useful Debord links:
1994 — Guy Debord dies, Champot, Upper Loire, France.Member of the Situationist International, writer, filmmaker, critic of Spectacular, Too-Late Capitalism, best known for his book The Society of the Spectacle, popularized with the May Uprising of 1968.
In the decor of the
spectacle, the eye meets only
things & their prices.
— graffiti, May 1968
In a society
prevail, all of life
as an immense
Everything that was directly
lived has moved away into a
We are all “undesirables”.
Then appeared for the first time the disquieting figures
of the “Situationist International”. How many are there?
Where do they come from? No one knows.
— Le RÃ©publicain Lorra
Nick writes [30.11.2002]: Not so, in my experience. I buy a new pair every couple of years, and that’s plenty to be getting on with. There’s no need for an “immense accumulation”, especially as my prescription changes (albeit slowly); also, the old specs are pretty grotty by the time I need to replace them.