“Susan Sontag tells a good story about the pre-eminence of the medium and of images: as she is sitting in front of the television watching the moon landing, the people she is watching with tell her they don’t believe it at all. ‘But what are you watching, then?’ she asks. ‘Oh, we’re watching television!’ Fantastic: they do not see the moon; they see only the screen showing the moon. They do not see the message; they see only the image.
Ultimately, contrary to what Susan Sontag thinks, only intellectuals believe in the ascendency of meaning; ‘people’ believe only in the ascendency of signs. They long ago said goodbye to reality. They have gone over, body and soul, to the spectacular.”
The Intelligence of Evil