Thursday, October 09, 2014
"The most ominous cultural divide lies between those who chase after their manufactured illusions, and those who are able to puncture the illusion and confront reality. More than the divides of race, class, or gender, more than rural or urban, believer or non-believer, red state or blue state, our culture has been carved up into radically distinct, unbridgeable, and antagonistic entities that no longer speak the same language and cannot communicate. This is the divide between a literate, marginalized minority and those who have been consumed by an illiterate mass culture."
—Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009)