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Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    You MUST Read.

    I will not belabor this review with tons of details. If you want those, then just buy the book. What I will say is this, and with firm conviction: If there was one book written the in past decade that I could force every American to read, it would be "Empire of Illusion". Not at Christian book, per se, I would recommend every Pastor and Christian Leader to read this book, and then stand behind the sacred desk every Sunday and start tearing down The Empire. I dare you!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    Fantastic and frightening

    I read this in conjunction with That Used to be Us, and The Speech, both highly recommended. This one has about the scariest statistic I've ever seen - that 42% of college graduates never pick up another book (which I guess makes us the elite 58%, right?) - and a horrifying explanation for the popularity of fast food places - that a number of people who frequent them can't read, and the pictures of the food helps them make a decision. The book starts with a chapter on wrestling as a metaphor for our society, and moves on from there. Great book; I had to put it down from time to time to catch my breath.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2010

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    Ignore at your own risk.

    If people had paid close attention to Neil Postman's 'Amusing Ourselves To Death,' maybe Christopher Hedges wouldn't had needed to write 'Empire of Ilusion' some 25 years later. How far down the rabbit hole have we gone since those days? How far down will we be if we fail to act now?

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    You knew it, but didn't believe it.

    A good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Spectacular Literacy

    old fashioned print book about our contemporary, image and spectacle based culture

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