After Words with Chris Hedges: Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

Interview with Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Oct. 7, 2009

CSPAN
BookTV
09/22/2009

Length: 59 minutes
Location: Washington, DC, United States

Chris Hedges

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Chris Hedges talked about his book Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (Nation Books; July 13, 2009). In his book he describes what he considers to be the economic, political and moral collapse of American culture. He argues that there are now two societies. The minority live in a print-based, literate world, that can cope with complexity and can separate illusion from truth. The growing majority is retreating from a reality-based world into one of false certainty and magic. In this “other society,” serious film and theater, as well as newspapers and books, are being pushed to the margins. The guest interviewer was Pulitizer Prize-winning writer Ron Suskind. Chris Hedges is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City. A former foreign correspondent for the New York Times, he was part of the team that won a 2002 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of global terrorism. He also received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. Mr. Hedges is author of Losing Moses on the Freeway and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School.

video and transcript: C-SPAN Video Library

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