Mario Vargas Llosa - The civilization of the spectacle
Mario Vargas Llosa, a Peruvian writer, addresses the concept of “culture” in this conference of the same name as his most recent work, “The civilization of the spectacle”. For the Nobel Prize for Literature, the concept of culture extended so much that it came to cover everything. And if culture is everything, it is no longer anything. Llosa points to a major reversal: culture should teach man to take a stand against the conversion of human beings into objects. It should enrich our critical spirit and sensitivity, giving depth to the manifestations of life, whether political or intimate. However, he argues, today's culture is great fun and it comes at a high price: a distance that sees culture not as what integrates man and life, but, on the contrary, a separate place to escape the easements of life.