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A quick guide to using English's S-V-O (Subject-Verb-Object) word order as a tool to unlock complex sentences, such as those

A quick guide to using English's S-V-O (Subject-Verb-Object) word order as a tool to unlock complex sentences, such as those

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    How to read Guy Debord without breaking things How to read Guy Debord without breaking things Presentation Transcript

    • How to read “Society of the Spectacle”
      • Without Breaking Things.
      • As much.
    •  
      • “Images detached from every aspect of life merge into a common stream, and the former unity of life is lost forever.” --Section 3.
    • SVO word order:
      • SUBJECT: The noun or phrase that DOES the action
      • VERB: The ACTION being done
      • OBJECT: The noun or phrase the action is DONE TO.
      • “Images detached from every aspect of life merge into a common stream, and the former unity of life is lost forever.” --Section 3.
      • “ Images detached from every aspect of life merge into a common stream, and the former unity of life is lost forever.” --Section 3.
      SUBJECT
      • “ Images detached from every aspect of life merge into a common stream, and the former unity of life is lost forever.” --Section 3.
      SUBJECT
      • “Images detached from every aspect of life merge into a common stream, and the former unity of life is lost forever.” --Section 3.
      VERB
      • “Images detached from every aspect of life merge into a common stream , and the former unity of life is lost forever.” --Section 3.
      OBJECT
      • SUBJECT: Images (that have detached from “life”)
      • VERB: Merge Into
      • OBJECT: A common Stream
      • SO: Images detach from life then come together into a stream.
    • So what?
      • IF images no longer stick to the real world , but only stick to each other , then when we only see the world through them (i.e., TV, the web, and anything else we don’t see with our own eyes...)
      • THEN this “common stream” doesn’t talk about the “real world” at all any more-- only about itself. Well, so says Guy!
    • To read Debord:
      • Locate a clause-- that is, an S-V-O.
      • Chop it up.
      • Spell it out in your own words.
      • Think it over.
      • Wash, rinse, repeat.