Read of the Day: The Spectacular Happiness of the World Cup?

We fans not at the World Cup watch fans at the World Cup, who more than ever seem to be aware that they are being watched and revel in that happy objectification. Is this Debord’s society of the spectacle, “the sun which never sets over the empire of modern passivity…covering the entire surface of the world and bathes endlessly in its own glory”? Or should we all just relax because the World Cup is supposed to turn “frenzied nationalism into a form of global unity, and people watching people could be the best, even the only, way to make that happen“? (Brian Phillips/The Run of Play)

(Image credit: Richard, enjoy my life!/Flickr through a Creative Commons license.)

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