Empire of Illusion

Empire of Illusion

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We now live in two Americas. Onea€”now the minoritya€”functions in a print-based, literate world that can cope with complexity and can separate illusion from truth. The othera€”the majoritya€”is retreating from a reality-based world into one of false certainty and magic. To this majoritya€”which crosses social class lines, though the poor are overwhelmingly affecteda€”presidential debate and political rhetoric is pitched at a sixth-grade reading level. In this a€œother America, a€ serious film and theater, as well as newspapers and books, are being pushed to the margins of society. In the tradition of Christopher Lascha€™s The Culture of Narcissism and Neil Postmana€™s Amusing Ourselves to Death, Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges navigates this culturea€”attending WWF contests, the Adult Video News Awards in Las Vegas, and Ivy League graduation ceremoniesa€”to expose an age of terrifying decline and heightened self-delusion.In the tradition of Christopher Lascha€™s The Culture of Narcissism and Neil Postmana€™s Amusing Ourselves to Death, Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges navigates this culturea€”attending WWF contests, the Adult Video News Awards in Las ...


Title:Empire of Illusion
Author: Chris Hedges
Publisher:Nation Books - 2014-01-02
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