The Spectacle is based on the lives and works of many artists, activists, scholars, visionaries, prophets, and patriots: the “few among us” from The Fable of the Poison Grain. These are people who not only sought escapes from our technocratic prison, but also risked their reputations, careers, and sometimes even lives to throw a rope back to break us out with them.
Prophets AND Patriots
These modern-day prophets and patriots are, for well-known reasons, often ignored, scorned, and attacked during their lives, usually in that order, directly proportional to their influence. Regardless of their individual fates, their truths follow a remarkably consistent trajectory:
In accordance with Jacques Ellul’s framework as set out above and in The Spectacle Manifesto, I consider my major influences “mutants” and use the term as the highest form of praise: a designation for those rare, courageous truth-tellers who remain human in a dehumanized world. Click below to read about each inductee into the Spectacle Pantheon.
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Jacques Ellul, Perspectives on Our Age
* The “stages of truth” quote is often attributed to Arthur Schopenhauer, but has yet to be discovered in his works. The sentiment, however, rings true in regard to the usual treatment of dissenting ideas.