By Chris Hedges
During this long island instances bestseller, Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Chris Hedges has written a shattering meditation on American obsession with famous person 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 indicates us how illiteracy and the embody of delusion have impoverished our operating type, allowed for the continuance of damaging public coverage, and ushered in cultural financial disaster.
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But it almost never happens in reality. Celebrity is the vehicle used by a corporate society to sell us these branded commodities, most of which we do not need. Celebrities humanize commercial commodities. They present the familiar and comforting face of the corporate state. ” But they peddle a fake intimacy and a fantasy. The commercial “personalizing” of the world involves oversimplification, distraction, and gross distortion. “We sink further into a dream of an unconsciously intimate world in which not only may a cat look at a king but a king is really a cat underneath, and all the great power-figures Honest Joes at heart,”13 Richard Hoggart warned in The Uses of Literacy.
She improvises freely and assuredly with the rhythms and notes of the song, beaming the whole time. “I really like you,” says Abdul. “I’m bordering on loving you. I think I’m loving you. Yeah, I do. ” “One of my favorite auditions,” says Cowell in a monotone. ” grins Corkrey. “Because you’re different,” continues Cowell sternly. “You are one of the few I’m going to remember. I like you, I like your voice, I mean seriously good voice. ” “You’re an interesting girl. You have a glow about you, you have an incredible face,” says DioGuardi.
Life, these shows teach, is a brutal world of unadulterated competition. Life is about the personal humiliation of those who oppose us. Those who win are the best. Those who lose deserve to be erased. Compassion, competence, intelligence, and solidarity with others are forms of weakness. And those who do not achieve celebrity status, who do not win the prize money or make millions in Wall Street firms, deserve to lose. Those who are denigrated and ridiculed on reality television, often as they sob in front of the camera, are branded as failures.