"Understood in its totality, the spectacle is both the result and the project of the dominant mode of production. It is not a mere decoration added to the real world. It is the very heart of this real society’s unreality. In all of its particular manifestations — news, propaganda, advertising, entertainment — the spectacle represents the dominant model of life. It is the omnipresent affirmation of the choices that have already been made in the sphere of production and in the consumption implied by that production. In both form and content the spectacle serves as a total justification of the conditions and goals of the existing system. The spectacle also represents the constant presence of this justification since it monopolizes the majority of the time spent outside the production process."
~ Guy Debord; The Society of The Spectacle (1.6)
Spectre of The Spectacle
It's a whale of a tale
And it swallows us whole:
Spewing up our worst parts
During low tide on a shoal.
Lies give rise to a paradox
Lying patient in wait.
Eye spies news from FOX
Gravitas loses weight.
Yet you follow like a flunky
Lackluster as any lackey.
Roll over boy, play dead;
Butter up our daily cred.
They just cut into your jam —
Protests now won't seal the dam.
So sick and tired of this gore ...
Not going to take it anymore!
Paraphrasing (for dummies):
In every time and place throughout human history, people have been beguiled by outward appearances. Despite how much our wise ones stress that "things aren't always as they seem", the point rarely sinks in.
Never has this been truer than at present (although this is also ever the case). There is an implicit assumption that if an authority figure says something on television or Twitter then it can be taken at face value. A subconscious supposition articulated by Debord: "What is good appears. What appears is good."
Ignorance of academia, historical forces, science, statistics, etc. are running rampant because the species is held in thrall by its own fanciful projections. Entire generations have been and continue being born into this mire of delusion and deception.
Few and far between are the earnest seekers who cross-reference and research multiple sources; not merely what they like or wish to hear. Fewer still are those who recognize that our memetic machinery requires nothing short of a thoroughgoing overhaul.
May tomorrow's youth succeed in overthrowing Mammon once and for all!