Debord piece is a critique of consumer culture and commodity. It addresses topics such of intersecting factors such as class alienation, cultural homogenization, and mass media. He discusses the ever growing notion in our culture that having and needing are more important than living, defining the spectacle as something that uses image to convey what people need and must have. He addresses the fact that consumers have become estranged from products and are now passive objects.
i have read this piece in almost every media studies class but every time i read it i see it in a new way. it is so interesting to look at the points made in this piece specifically in relationship to social justice and social change and how it effects people in a more sociological way rather than exclusively related to media.