Debord describes the Spectacles as "the nightmare of imprisoned modern society which ultimately expresses nothing more than its desire to sleep. The spectacle is the guardian of sleep" (Debord 11) Debord's quote reminds me of the film The Matrix and, the scene where Neo is shown humans hooked to machines in a slumber. The humans were kept in a state of slumber by a machine who created an alternate reality for the humans through dreams. The humans were totally unaware that they were really sleeping and thought that this world created by the machine was their reality.
The Commodity is defined by Debord as "the domination of society by intangible as well as tangile things,....where the tangible world is replaced by a selection of images which exist above it." (debord 36)
Therefore the commodities are the things we desire to possess, or a certain lifestyle we wish to live, a world that is unreal and part of the spectacle. The things that we possess that create an alternate reality based on their value in another's eyes or what we perceive them to be. Take for example someone has a product to sale. This person markets the product in a way that's appealing to your senses and tells you that this product will lead to better social interactions. After being sucked into this made up reality that this product is what we need to better our lives it becomes something we want and need. Of course all we are purchasing is a lie that will be replaced by the new bigger and better product.
The following link is an article about media brainwashing and how media affects a persons life.http://www.wnd.com/2012/02/brainwashed-by-americas-media/
Debord, Guy. Society of the Spectacle. Detroit: Black and Red, 1977. Print.