First published in 1972, this new translation by John McHale is the first officially authorized in English. It sees Debord not only evaluate the Situationist International as a whole, but also signal the end of it. For him, it had become clear that the Situationist's success had produced—within it's own ranks as well as outside them—a host of fans and "onlookers" who amounted to little more than consumers of a radicalism that had become fashionable. In this way the movement had begun to encompass the very "society of the spectacle" that the Situationists had challenged. There was a danger that Situationist theory could turn into ideology—Debord's reaction was to break up the movement.
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