Symbols Or Myths As A Representation For Something That Is Not Exactly True?

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One theme that has come up in multiple readings this semester is the theme of symbols or myths as a representation for something that is not exactly true. Roland Barthes best describes what a myth is in his book, Mythologies. The use of such myths and representations that was the most educational and influential was Guy Debord’s, The Society of the Spectacle where Debord describes how society is made up a false life that is deeply intertwined with the real world to an extant that you can not distinguish the two. In both of these cases, a common theme arrises from the analysis of representations. This mutual theme is that representations tend to hold dominion over people and lead to the idealization of appearances. This modern idea is known as commodity fetichism. In the first chapter of The Society of the Spectacle, titled Separation Perfected, Guy Debord explains his belief that living has transformed from direct experience into a mere variety of representations. Debord opens up his work by expressing the idea of this transformation by saying “all that once was directly lived has become mere representation.” (thesis 1) Throughout the first chapter Debord is extremely critical of this transformation and explains his belief that it is the reason for the separation of people and the subjugation of people under capitalism. This new world that we have transformed into that is dominated by representations is what Debord calls the spectacle. Debord explains his meaning of the…

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