Tag Archives: literacy

A Sign of the Times

It’s not just car factories that are disappearing from Michigan. Property owners in Troy appear indifferent to keeping their library open. Ironically, Troy’s official motto is “The City of Tomorrow, Today.” I guess libraries are relics of the past. Note the 1970s architectural style of … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges the Prophet on Print Culture Turning to Image Culture

Former New York Times war correspondent, Chris Hedges, has, over the past couple of years, taken on the mantle of a secular prophet—an emperor has no clothes truthteller—writing scathing (and I think powerful) books and essays documenting the messes that we find ourselves … Continue reading

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The Decline and Fall of the Reason Empire

Chris Hedges, from page 44 of his book Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle  (Nation Books, 2009): We are a culture that has been denied, or has passively given up, the linguistic and intellectual … Continue reading

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Thought for the Day

Dogs can’t read books, which is sad. But wouldn’t it be more sad if dogs could read books, but didn’t? Below is an image of the remains of the Library of Celsus in Ephesus, which was completed circa 135 CE. It could hold 12,000 … Continue reading

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In Case You Missed It: Welcome to Laredo, Texas! 250,000 People, Zero Bookstores!

This was in the Los Angeles Times a couple of months back: Laredo, Texas, is set to become the largest U.S. city without a bookstore. The B. Dalton in the Mall del Norte, owned by parent company Barnes & Noble, is … Continue reading

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The Office as a Burial Ground: Undated Image of a Writer

In an oral culture you are with others in groups, and you hear living voices, and you are frequently out of doors and engaged with the world. In a literate culture you value withdrawal from groups and withdrawal from voices, and are indoors a … Continue reading

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