Empire of Illusion – Chris Hedges via Lupe Fiasco’s Book Club

Just to show it’s all love I’ll shine some light on Lupe Fiasco’s Book Club. In the club you have a week to read a book and Lupe’s first offering is Chris Hedges Empire of Illusion. Empire of Illusion is a shattering meditation on American obsession with celebrity and the epidemic of illiteracy that threatens our cultural integrity. Reporting on such phenomena as professional wrestling, the pornographic film industry, and unchecked casino capitalism, Hedges exposes the mechanisms used to divert us from confronting the economic, political, and moral collapse around us. Empire of Illusion shows us how illiteracy and the embrace of fantasy have impoverished our working class, allowed for the continuance of destructive public policy, and ushered in cultural bankruptcy.

Buy the book : Empire of Illusion

There is a Chris Hedges lecture at New York’s New School given in December of last year after the jump. I warn you, the idea’s offered in the lecture aren’t for everyone and are very VERY controversial. Watch if you have an open mind and/or an hour and 20 minutes.

Journalist Chris Hedges discusses his recent book Empire of Illusion: the End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. In it, he charts the dramatic rise of a post-literate society that craves fantasy, ecstasy, and illusion. Hedges argues we now live in two societies: one, the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world and can cope with complexity and can separate illusion from truth; the other, a growing majority, is retreating from a reality-based world into one of false certainty and magic where serious film and theater, as well as newspapers and books, are being pushed to the margins.

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One Response to “Empire of Illusion – Chris Hedges via Lupe Fiasco’s Book Club”

  1. AJ Discala Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 12:18 am

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