FINAL Empire of Illusion

FINAL Empire of Illusion - Empire of Illusion: The End of...

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Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle Krista Looper CWID 10550801 MSIS 3223-002 Dr. Nizam Najd April 9, 2010
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Table of Contents Section I: Introduction Section II: Critique A. Illusion Of literacy. B. Illusion of Love C. Illusion of Happiness D. The Ultimate Power E. Illusion of Wisdumb F. Illusion of America G. The 3 F’s Section III: POM Role Section IV: Business Administration Perspective
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Section I Introduction Illusion: something that deceives by producing a false or misleading impression of reality. Prior to the table of contents in Empire of Illusion: The End of Triumph and the Triumph of Spectacle , a passage read: “People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster (2009).” It was an appealing sneak-peek into what the book was truly about. Chris Hedges offered a strong point of view on how society portrays important aspects of our lives. Empire of Illusion was very thought-provoking. It discussed the illusion of literacy, happiness, love, wisdom, and America. After reading the book, I feel as though America should reevaluate what it stands for, what their priorities are, and how things can change. It is also very important to understand what the implications for these changes would be, and we should try to understand why it would be beneficial to change. Section II The Illusion Of literacy. In the entertainment industry, anything goes. Society feeds on the gossip and make- believe stories associated with other peoples’ lives or personas. Watching their ridiculousness lets society escape into a dream world, a fantasy-land. William Deresiewicz, a literary critic stated that “The contemporary self wants to be recognized… This is the quality that validates us; this is how we become real to ourselves –by being seen by others (Hedges, 23). The great
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contemporary terror is anonymity.” How does this relate to production operation management? If people in our society focused more on their own issues rather than wasting their time getting caught up on the latest WWE match, then perhaps we could accomplish more. What if we could counteract what WWE represents (fighting, drama) by helping people deal with things like domestic violence, or establishing anger management support groups? It is human nature to want to be entertained, but staring at the boob-tube is not the only form of entertainment! Our society needs to reevaluate what entertainment is. This is step one of Nizam’s 6-step process: define the problem. Once the problem is defined, then a solution can be sought out. Now, why does society need to redefine what entertainment is; because somewhere in the past decade, the lines between real and fantasy have crossed. Society allows us to believe that the more drama, the more scandal, and the more controversial the form of entertainment is, the better quality it is. The Illusion of Happiness
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