Empire of illusion : the end of literacy and the triumph of spectacle / Chris Hedges.
- New York, NY : Nation Books, c2009.
vii, 232 p. ; 22 cm.
- Mass media -- United States.
Popular culture -- United States.
- 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.
- The illusion of literacy
The illusion of love
The illusion of wisdom
The illusion of happiness
The illusion of America.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-215) and index.
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