Updated: July 30, 2009 added link to transcript
July 21, 2009
Author Targets Pop Culture’s ‘Empire Of Illusion’
Talk of the Nation, July 21, 2009
In his new book, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, Chris Hedges describes the polarities of the two societies he says we are now living in: One side is based in reality and able to separate illusion from truth; the other side is rooted in fantasy. The latter, Hedges says, is the growing majority. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist talks about Empire of Illusion and what he views as the erosion of American culture.
Guest: Chris Hedges, author of Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and foreign correspondent for the New York Times for 15 years.
Listen at: NPR
Transcript: Chris Hedges, “Empire of Illusion”
21 July 2009
Thom interviews Chris Hedges about his book “Empire of Illusion”, 21 July 2009
Thom: Is the world dying? Is our culture dying? Is this mess one that we have created ourselves? Is this something that is unique to the United States? Is it planet wide? What’s going on here? Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize winner, his new book, “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.” And for our listeners in Portland, listening on AM 620 KPOJ, Chris is going to be at Powell’s tonight on Burnside, the legendary bookstore, at 7:30 tonight, and it should be a lot of fun. But he’s in the studio with us live here today. Chris, welcome to the show.
Chris Hedges: Thank you, Thom.
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