In this week’s lecture and tutorial, we focused on the ideas of simulacra, simulation, and spectacle. Within the discussion of spectacle, the idea of lonely crowds was brought up by Guy Debord.
While originally I felt disconnected from this topic, upon further discussion with peers and reading the blog posts and tweets of others, I began to understand and connect with the concept further. Debord even states that “modern reality [is] mediated by images,” something which I personally (and unintentionally) focus on as I curate my social media.
My remediation from this week is from Vampire Weekend’s Sydney concert in January 2020. As this is my favourite band, all I wanted to do was share this experience with my friends and followers on social media.
But from a personal perspective, why did I do that? Social obligation? Because I want to share my joy with others? For attention? To fit in?
Honestly, I don’t have an answer for that. Food for thought, I suppose.
Debord, Guy 1967, ‘Chapter 1 “The Culmination of Separation”’, Society of the Spectacle.