America the Illiterate

It would be very foolish to assume that this phenomenon is restricted soley to America. This is a compelling and disturbing read. Welcome to the New New World Order. The great irony [and cause of despair] of this descent into a new Dark Age lies in the fact that more information is easily and freely available now than at any time in history by an exponential margin.

America the Illiterate
By Chris Hedges

“We live in two Americas. One America, now the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world. It can cope with complexity and has the intellectual tools to separate illusion from truth. The other America, which constitutes the majority, exists in a non-reality-based belief system. This America, dependent on skillfully manipulated images for information, has severed itself from the literate, print-based culture. It cannot differentiate between lies and truth. It is informed by simplistic, childish narratives and clichés. It is thrown into confusion by ambiguity, nuance and self-reflection. This divide, more than race, class or gender, more than rural or urban, believer or nonbeliever, red state or blue state, has split the country into radically distinct, unbridgeable and antagonistic entities.”

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~ by notrous on April 9, 2009.

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