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Empire of Illusion

Chris Hedges

5 mins

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Empire Of Illusion motivates you to watch less TV and get better at reading by outlining the sharp drop in literacy levels in the United States in recent years, the negative effects that have followed, and the dark future ahead if we continue on this path.


Empire of Illusion

Empire of Illusion

by Chris Hedges


You may not notice the immediate benefits when you watch less TV, but it certainly gives you more time to read, think, and be with my loved ones. Instead of watching someone else live their 'dreams,' you get to make yours become reality.

But sadly, too many people don't get to experience this kind of life. They're stuck in a fake world because of an addiction to entertainment. They rob themselves of literacy and society of its values.

It's the facts and consequences of these issues that are the main subject of Chris Hedges' Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. He goes into the many ways our love for entertainment is making our world worse.

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We should not forget that the true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers.

- Chris Hedges

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