Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle by Chris Hedges. Jim Welsh. Emeritus, Salisbury University. Search for. Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and. The Triumph of Spectacle. New York: Nation Books, Pp. , cloth, $ Reviewed by Herb. Download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd. Flag for Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of. Spectacle (New York: .
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the end of literacy and the triumph of spectacle / Chris Hedges. . 2 / empire of illusion ), 3. soundofheaven.info 10 . Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Hedges, Chris. Empire of illusion: the end of literacy and the triumph of spectacle / Chris Hedges. p. cm. Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle Paperback – October 5, A prescient book that forecast the culture that gave rise to Trump -- a society beholden to empty spectacle and obsession with image at the expense of reality, reason, and truth.
Democrats have abdicated just of power LOG IN. May brings more grim news for peace activists seeking an end to the Iraq and Afghan wars, trying to stave off wider war in Pakistan, and still reeling from Israel's assault on Gaza. The American empire is in has lent its services for decades to the decline Uploaded on May 21, Reality TV
Headlines copy.. May brings more grim news for peace activists seeking an end to the Iraq and Afghan wars, trying to stave off wider war in Pakistan, and still reeling from Israel's assault on Gaza.
He said: That was our message two years ago at the Coast Guard Academy, it was last year, and it's the same thing. There were other groups there talking about immigrant rights because Janet Napolitano, who is the Secretary of Homeland Security was the commencement speaker this year. The Department of Homeland Security is in charge of the Ice raids that has gone after immigrants.
There was some messaging about that. But the COW message is the same thing, we need to end these wars, we need to restore our standing in the world by being the leaders that we were in the past and for us to not really be drawing down our troop strength in Iraq while we are increasing our troop strength in Afghanistan and bombing a lot of innocent civilians with unmanned drones in Pakistan where the rhetoric is not matching the results and the actions.
In fact, increasingly, the Obama administration seems to be picking up the threads of propaganda left hanging when the Bush team left Washington. Here is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking about a new trade agreement she said would enrich Pakistani and Afghan civilians: Before President Karzai and President Zardari meet with President Obama this morning the two ministers, Minister Qureshi and Minister Sponta, will sign a memorandum of understanding committing their countries to achieving a trade transit agreement by the end of the year which we believe will have great economic benefits for both people's.
In the background though an increase in US Military air strikes in the region were anything but good for civilians in either Pakistan or Afghanistan. See May 5, 6, 7, , Afghanistan, Pakistan.
This amid renewed discussion about al-Qaida, an increase in pro war coverage by the corporate press, as 25, more US troops are now headed to Afghanistan. In an article in Soucewatch, Joshua Kurlantzick called IRI, 'the coup connection', because it fostered the overthrow of governments like the Aristide Government in Haiti, he said.
Since, as portrayed in US culture, those [End Page ] who win are the "Best and the Brightest," it follows that "those who lose deserve to be erased. Compassion, competence, intelligence, and solidarity with others are forms of weakness" The losers are "responsible for their rejection. They are deficient" Here we find a ready-made rationalization for allowing crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide to proceed unimpeded and, in many instances, unrecognized, as the media do not cover them and the population does not care about them.
Hence, as Hedges writes, "celebrity culture plunges us into a moral void. No one has any worth beyond his of her appearance, usefulness, or ability to 'succeed. It does not matter how these are obtained" This focus masks the problems within US society and diverts attention from problems anywhere else.
In fact, Hedges accurately notes that "the fantasy of celebrity culture is not designed simply to entertain. It is designed to keep us from fighting back" Apathy and ignorance feed the majority values of the culture, and we become not victims or perpetrators but bystanders.
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