Tom Engelhardt with Jeremy Scahill
Wednesday 2 February 2011
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Tom Engelhardt created and runs the TomDispatch.com, a project of The Nation Institute, where Engelhardt is a fellow.… Read full bio.
Jeremy Scahill is a National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at… Read full bio.
About this Event
Fear has a way of re-ordering human worlds. That only a relatively small number of determined fanatics with extraordinarily limited access to American soil keep Fear Inc. afloat should, by now, be obvious. What the fear machine produces is the dark underside of the charming Saul Steinberg New Yorker cover, “A View of the World from 9th Avenue,” in which Manhattan looms vast as the rest of the planet fades into near nothingness. When you see the world “from 9th Avenue,” or from an all-al-Qaeda-all-the-time “news” channel, you see it phantasmagorically. It’s out of all realistic shape and proportion, which means you naturally make stupid decisions. You become incapable of sorting out what matters and what doesn’t, what’s primary and what’s secondary. You become, in short, manipulable. This is our situation today.
From Fear, Inc. on TomDispatch.com.
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