Empire of illusion: the end of literacy and the triumph of spectacle

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Nation Books, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 232 pages
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Chris Hedges argues that we now live in two societies: one, the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world, able to cope with complexity and to separate illusion from truth. The other, a growing majority, is retreating from a reality-based world into one of false certainty and magic. In this "other society," comforting, reassuring images, fantasies, slogans and a celebration of violence push reality, complexity and nuance to the margins. The worse reality becomes, the less a beleaguered population wants to hear about it and the more it distracts itself with squalid pseudo-events of celebrity breakdowns, gossip and trivia. These are the debauched revels of a dying culture.--From publisher description.

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Review: Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

User Review  - T. Edmund - Goodreads

No Empire of Illusion is not a (direct) discussion of the decline of reading across the US, rather Hedges draws our attention to the 'Triumph of Spectacle' tearing apart American celebrity culture ... Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

One word sum up Hedge's Empire of Illusion: autology. If you've ever wondered what the word is that describes something which describes itself (think: "multisyllabic" or "trochee" or "portmanteau" or ... Read full review

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Chris Hedges is a senior fellow of The Nation Institute.