My aim over the next two days is to finish polishing the remaining chapters from my thesis. Then I will turn the whole damn thing over to my supervisors who will ignore it, then read it with hurried indifference, and hopefully wave it through. The fact that I am so close to being done would not be possible without the help of my copy editor, drinking buddy and unofficial supervisor– Tom Bunyard, who has done the careful reading and commenting my supervisors have not.
Bunyard is also a fine scholar himself. At the moment he is turning his doctoral thesis on Guy Debord into a book for the HM book series. Luckily, you can still read his doctoral dissertation. In my view it is an even better philosophical assessment of Debord and his theory of the spectacle than Anselm Jappe’s. For whilst Jappe turns Debord to his own purposes by emphasizing the similarities between the spectacle and Jappe’s interpretation of value– which follows Postone in emphasizing the opposition between concrete and abstract labour–Bunyard spends his time: (a) investigating many of the other ideas put forward in Society of the Spectacle (b) tracing their philosophical roots (c) criticizing the relative vacuity of the idea of the spectacle and (d) pointing towards some other relevant uses for Debord’s thought. But don’t take my word for it. Read it here.