On Sunday, October 11th at 12pm noon (ET), BookTV on CSpan2 will be re-airing their “After Words” interview of Chris Hedges on his new book, Empire of illusion: the end of literacy and the triumph of spectacle.
I saw this segment last weekend, and then I bought the book. Hedges has more depth and perspective than I expected from some of his previous work.
His thesis also made me think of Stephen Colbert, and how much fun it would be to see Hedges interviewed on Colbert’s show. The kinds of “illusion” and “spectacle” he’s talking about after “the end of literacy” are exactly the kind of “Truthiness” that Colbert parodies, so spectacularly, on his show every night. It would be fun to see what Colbert would do with that. Since he did interview Hedges on an earlier book, I expect Hedges will be on again for this; but I’m posting this now to maybe help get the ball rolling.
In the book, Hedges has enough to say about literacy and education — and especially higher education — to warrant putting this here on Curricublog (rather than the blog I keep just so I have someplace else to post things that are not curriculum-related); although the BookTV interview doesn’t get into that as much.
The BookTV segment can also be viewed online at its C-SPAN video library page, where there’s also information on the event and on how to buy the DVD.