In The Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord presents the idea of ‘lonely crowds’, “where technologies are based on isolation, and they contribute to that same isolation”.
Instantly, the thought that comes to mind is when I attend a concert. The social pressure of posting has us all experiencing concerts through a screen, even when we are there ourselves. While I don’t post quite as much as the average Groovin’ The Moo girl in glitter and flared pants, recording at a concert is still something that I’m guilty of.
In this week’s remediation, I created a gif out of a photo I took during J. Cole’s concert in 2017. It demonstrates the collective isolation that the spectacle infringes upon us. If we didn’t post it, were we even there? The spectacle masks itself as society itself but in reality, it creates only a false consciousness that achieves only a language of universal separation. On top of all that, it makes concerts really hard to enjoy for us short kings.