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During this big apple 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 specialist 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 embody of delusion have impoverished our operating type, allowed for the continuance of harmful public coverage, and ushered in cultural financial disaster.
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