Empire Of Illusion: The End Of Literacy And The Triumph Of Spectacle

Authors: Chris Hedges
Publisher: Nation Books
Keywords: spectacle, triumph, literacy, illusion, empire
Pages: 242
Published: 2009-07-14
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0786749555     ISBN-13: 9780786749553
Binding: Kindle Edi
List Price: 14.95 USD
We now live in two Americas. One—now the minority—functions in a print-based, literate world that can cope with complexity and can separate illusion from truth. The other—the majority—is retreating from a reality-based world into one of false certainty and magic. To this majority—which crosses social class lines, though the poor are overwhelmingly affected—presidential debate and political rhetoric is pitched at a sixth-grade reading level. In this “other America,” serious film and theater, as well as newspapers and books, are being pushed to the margins of society.

In the tradition of Christopher Lasch’s The Culture of Narcissism and Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges navigates this culture—attending WWF contests, the Adult Video News Awards in Las Vegas, and Ivy League graduation ceremonies—to expose an age of terrifying decline and heightened self-delusion.

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