Friday, June 26, 2009

MJ, Farrah, The Spectacle

The media coverage of people gathering at UCLA, and the Apollo Theater to "honor" MJ reminded me of some old reading of mine. It is interesting how people feel compelled to gather together to hold vigil for a celebrity. It is also interesting to watch the video pour through the TV on multiple channels streaming image after image. By watching, I can see how it almost feels like participating. It reminded me of a book called The Society of the Spectacle.

The spectacle is not a stream of images, rather it is a social relationship between people that is mediated by images. - Guy Debord

Update: I realized this should be updated to say "tweets" as well. :-)