“A culture that cannot distinguish between reality and illusion dies. And we are dying now. We will wither wake from our state of induced childishness, one where trivia and gossip pass for news and information, one where our goal is not justice but an elusive and unattainable happiness, to confront the stark limitations before us, or we will continue our headlong retreat into fantasy. Those who cling to fantasy in times of despair and turmoil inevitably turn to demagogues and charlatans to entertain and reassure them. And these demagogues, as they have throughout history, lead the crowd, blinded and amused, towards despotism.”Hedges C. Empire of illusion. The end of literacy and the triumph of spectacle. Alfred A. Knopf, Canada, 2009.