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AP English: Empire of Illusion Argumentative EssayIn the excerpt, Empire of Illusion,Chris Hedges explains that artifice is an essential skill in building a political or entertainment career. With the political enterprise growing in popularity, artifice has become a key component of false-intimacy relationships among the consumer culture. Artifice controls society by using tools of persuasion to provide appeal to the public’s eye. By using forms of artifice, the qualities you appear to have creates a believable narrative in spite of fiery deception.Using examples of the various panoramas of shows and celebrity dramas -TheVoice, American Idol, or any other show that practices these devices- is created for the sake of consistency. By being honest, companies put themselves at a risk for becoming cliché and losing emotional appeal. With that being said, using illusive tactics creates a spotlight for anyone who has their heart set on gaining the audience’s attention. In turn, hypocrisy becomes the new generality.