In 1957, a new artistic and cultural movement known as the "The Situationalist International" was formed. While it was created largely to deal with the world of fifty years ago, the movement's ideas and goals are still relevant today, perhaps more than the ever. For the changes they wished to enact have indeed taken place, although in a way that they never could have imagined; they have all occurred via the Internet.
The main documentarian and public face of "The Situationlist International" was Guy Deborg, a writer and artist. One of the main postulates that he talked about was a call for change, a "revolution," or at least widespread understanding of the need for it. Deborg supported a "methodical intervention," intended to reduce the meaningless moments of life as much as possible.
Debord argues that, in the capitalist society, the intellectual and artistic expression is at first resisted and eventually exploited by bourgeoisie. It stands true when considering the history of the Internet and its current state.
It is interesting to point out that the first step in the creation of what is now known as the World Wide Web happened in the same year the Situationalist International was formed. The Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) was formed within the Department of Defense, in response to the USSR launching the satellite Sputnik, to establish the U.S. as the leader in military science and technology. The government controlled the network for over thirty years, developing new technologies to improve upon it, including the TCP/IP protocol, the Unix programming language and the Domain Name System. Finally, in 1992, the World Wide Web was unleashed, and its potential quickly transcended its original incarnation as a private governmental network. The growth, functionality and enormous creative potential of the Internet created... [continues]
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