Teratology of the spectacle

Lockwood, Dean (2005) Teratology of the spectacle. In: The spectacle of the real: from Hollywood to reality TV and beyond. Intellect. ISBN 1841501204

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Abstract

This chapter moves through the work of prominent commentators on the conjunction of spectacle and real, such as Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida and Slavoj Zizek. Arguing for a spirit of critical optimism - ideology as spectacle might contain the seeds of its own downfall - I provide historical context by suggesting parallels between the present society of the spectacle and anxieties about life's spectacularization in the reception of eighteenth-century precursors of cinema.

Additional Information:This chapter moves through the work of prominent commentators on the conjunction of spectacle and real, such as Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida and Slavoj Zizek. Arguing for a spirit of critical optimism - ideology as spectacle might contain the seeds of its own downfall - I provide historical context by suggesting parallels between the present society of the spectacle and anxieties about life's spectacularization in the reception of eighteenth-century precursors of cinema.
Keywords:teratology, spectrality, spectacle, the real, phantasmagoria, media virus, virtualization, simulation
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
ID Code:7968
Deposited On:09 Mar 2013 18:12

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