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CHRIS HEDGES—EMPIRE OF ILLUSION: THE END OF LITERACY AND THE TRIUMPH OF SPECTACLE
Journalist Chris Hedges discusses his recent book Empire of Illusion: the End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle on Tuesday, December 8, at 7:00 p.m., in the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor.
In the book, Hedges charts the dramatic rise of a post-literate society that craves fantasy, ecstasy, and illusion. He 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.
Chris Hedges is the author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, and is currently a senior fellow at the Nation Institute and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University. He writes for many publications, including Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, the New York Review of Books, Granta, and Mother Jones. He is also a columnist for Truthdig.com.
This free event is co-sponsored by the Writing Program, Department of Media Studies and Film, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.