"The power of images to create [their] own reality has left us the most illusioned nation on earth. It has created an illusion about who we
are, about where we are going, about what is happening around us, and has disconnected us so deeply from reality that we can no longer make rational decisions that affect our future."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of "Empire of Illusion"
At a time when four in ten Americans read at
below-intermediate level or are illiterate, how is our society affected by the
barrage of images and spectacle emanating from mass media? How do the impossible
standards of beauty and materialism reflected in our celebrity-soaked culture
impact how we see ourselves? How does journalism, when based on sensationalistic
imagery, affect the functioning of our democracy? What are the consequences of
"reality TV" which sometimes seems to normalize such traits as
self-aggrandizement, the capacity for manipulation, the inability to feel remorse? These and other questions are considered by Chris Hedges, a long-time
war correspondent for The New York Times and best-selling author of "Empire of Illusion".
Total Time: 29 minutes