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Inside the Entertainment-Industrial Complex: How Guilty Pleasures Take the Edge Off Reality

ILLUSTRATION BY OLIVER MUNDAY; PHOTOGRAPH BY KEVKHIEV YURY/ALAMY

Eisenhower cautioned us against the military one; if only Orson Welles had warned us about the vastly more insidious assemblage, the Entertainment-Industrial Complex. Reality has become much less real (and important) in contemporary American society. America is a country that came of age with Industrialization and was accompanied by the creation of a mass media public sphere. More often than is desirable, people’s favorite binge show is more important to them than what goes on in the real world. 

How does this retreat into a fantasy world evidence itself in our real world politics today? Let's talk about how fantasy has bled into reality and try to understand what it means for the future of our country.




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