A stunning and prophetic little book....
I really have to really the person who brought this material to my attention. Though I have to say that nearly the whole of Debord's and Plant's critique, including and especially its objective standpoint... apart, perhaps, from a certain particularly modernizing element of virtuality -- though that, too, in fact -- is contained in Plato's critique of Heraclitus, rhetoric, and the sophist in Gorgias
, and throughout the corpus.
This may be surprising to some. But if you reread the texts of Plato, you will see it.
(I'm not talking, obviously, about Plato's politics -- which could not be more dissimilar - but of a point in metaphysics.... and it is a central point.)
There is a nice reference in this volume to the Baudrillards of the world on p. 60: "The demi-elite is content to know that almost everything is obscure, ambivalent, 'constructed' by unknown codes. A more exclusive elite would like to know what is true, hard as it is to distinguish in each particular case...."