This past week, I had the honor of introducing veteran war correspondent, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and writer, Chris Hedges, to The New School. Hedges spoke on his recent book "Empire of Illusion: the End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle".
Hedges' lecture was a sobering and, admitedly, grim assessment of the current American empire. The premise of his book is that we are a culture in decline that only values illusion, which is seen in our addiction to psuedo-events, trivial gossip, and celebrity culture. As things get increasingly worse, people seek-out comfort in entertainment and/or religous extremism. The decline of a literate society makes understanding the complexities or potential solutions of this crisis nearly impossible.
To view the lecture click here.