Empire of illusion : the end of literacy and the triumph of spectacle
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New York : Nation Books, ©2009.
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vii, 232 pages ; 21 cm.
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English
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9781568584379, 1568584377

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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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In the tradition of Christopher Lasch's "The Culture of Narcissism," Pulitzer Prize-winner Hedges charts the dramatic and disturbing rise of a post-literate America that craves fantasy, ecstasy, and illusion.
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The author navigates America's divided culture--where a minority embraces film, theater, and books, while the majority cling to a world of fantasy and false certainty--to expose what he sees as an age of terrifying decline and heightened self-delusion.
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Hedges, C. (2009). Empire of illusion: the end of literacy and the triumph of spectacle. New York: Nation Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Hedges, Chris. 2009. Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. New York: Nation Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Hedges, Chris, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. New York: Nation Books, 2009.

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Hedges, Chris. Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. New York: Nation Books, 2009. Print.

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