The Origin of the Spectacle

From merriam webster: “Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin spectaculum, from spectareto watch, frequentative of specere to look, look at — more at spy

First Known Use: 14th century”
From notbored.org:
“Guy Debord’s situations of the historical beginnings of the spectacle — he made at least two of them — are quite different than T.J. Clark’s attempt. Significantly, Debord’s situations are much closer to our own time. In The Society of the Spectacle (1967), Debord identifies the Russian Revolution of 1917 as the spectacle’s beginnings; in Comments on the Society of the Spectacle (1988), he identifies the start of World War II as its beginnings. Taken together, Debord’s and Clark’s theories cover a very wide historical period, from the 1860s to the 1930s. “
From aphelis.net:
«“Full frame of movie audience wearing special 3D glasses to view film Bwana Devil which was shot with new “natural vision” 3 dimensional technology.”»
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More from merriam webster:
1
a :  something exhibited to view as unusual, notable, or entertaining;especially :  an eye-catching or dramatic public display

b :  an object of curiosity or contempt <made a spectacle of herself>

2
plural :  glasses
3
:  something (as natural markings on an animal) suggesting a pair of glasses
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