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During this big apple occasions bestseller, Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Chris Hedges has written a shattering meditation on American obsession with superstar and the epidemic of illiteracy that threatens our cultural integrity. Reporting on such phenomena as expert wrestling, the pornographic movie undefined, and unchecked on line casino capitalism, Hedges exposes the mechanisms used to divert us from confronting the commercial, political, and ethical cave in round us. Empire of phantasm exhibits us how illiteracy and the include of delusion have impoverished our operating classification, allowed for the continuance of damaging public coverage, and ushered in cultural financial disaster.

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This is what the contemporary self wants. It wants to be recognized, wants to be connected: It wants to be visible. 25 5/26/09 10:26 AM Page 23 hundreds, on Twitter or Facebook. This is the quality that validates us, this is how we become real to ourselves—by being seen by others. The great contemporary terror is anonymity. 10 We pay a variety of lifestyle advisers—Gabler calls them “essentially drama coaches”—to help us look and feel like celebrities, to build around us the set for the movie of our own life.

Changes in metaphors are, as the critic Northrop Frye understood, fundamental changes. ” Audience: Forward! Obama: Are we going to look forward with hope, or are we going to look backwards with fear? Audience: Hope! Forward! 25 5/26/09 10:26 AM Page 47 early voting right across the street, right on—right there. ] If every one of you are willing to grab your friends and your neighbors and make the phone calls and do what’s required, I guarantee you we will not just win Ohio, we will win this general election.

Love you,” says Abdul. ” says DioGuardi. “One hundred percent maybe,” smiles Jackson. ” cheers DioGuardi as the inspirational rock music swells. “YESS!!! ” Corkrey screams with delight. She runs out of the audition room into a crowd of her cheering friends. The music plays as she dances down the street, waving her large yellow ticket, the symbol of her success. Celebrities, who often come from humble backgrounds, are held up as proof that anyone, even we, can be adored by the world. These celebrities, like saints, are living proof that the impossible is always possible.

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