Occupy This: A Dialogic Dérive

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  • Political Resistance

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  • Occupy This: A Dialogic Dérive

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  • This dialogue is the text-based component of an evolving performative multi-media lecture. By rereading Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle, in relation to the global Occupy movement and the rise of social media, we ask: in what ways does the proliferation of digital imagery enable and limit this recent form of political activism? By subjectively responding to selective quotations from Debord’s writing, we link the triumvirate of global capitalism, public space and digital technology, producing commentary on the displacement imposed by contemporary ‘spectacular’ technologies, the networked ‘technical image’ and the politics of public space.

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