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

Author: Chris Hedges
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, ©2009.
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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,
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hedges, Chris.
Empire of illusion.
New York : Nation Books, c2009
(OCoLC)681294681
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Hedges
ISBN: 9781568584379 1568584377
OCLC Number: 301887642
Description: vii, 232 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The illusion of literacy --
The illusion of love --
The illusion of wisdom --
The illusion of happiness --
The illusion of America.
Responsibility: Chris Hedges.

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author charts the dramatic and disturbing rise of a post-literate America that craves fantasy, ecstasy, and illusion.  Read more...

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