Teresa MacBain admits that when she was ordained as a minister, she had big questions. She thought they’d make her faith stronger, but instead they haunted her. Then one day, she couldn’t take it anymore. In a move that’s left her unemployed and nearly friendless, MacBain has come out as an atheist â and she says it’s a big relief.
The first in a unique series of podcasts co-produced by Fuel, Roundhouse and the UCL Ear Institute
The tenth and final lecture from Commerce and Culture: A Seminar with Paul Cantor, recorded at the Mises Institute, 07-28-2006. [1:41:00]
This broadcast of Media Matters had Christoper Hedges as a guest. Hedges is worried about the decay of literacy in US society. His point is that the big problem is not analphebetism per se, but rather the culture that has replaced the written one. There has always been an elite in culture that was informed and educated and as such steered culture and policy. When this was a culture of the written word, it had values such as giving sources, checking sources, making investigation and so on.
This literate culture has been replaced by a visual culture and in this culture it is the spectacle that reigns. In that culture there is no value for checking sources and making thorough investigations and consequently, this new culture is one of dreams. Hedges warns that Americans, also the elite, is losing their connection with reality and lack the means of catching up. This in a world with threats of climate change and continuous dwindling of US supremacy, militarily, economically and culturally, is ultimately suicidal. he paints a picture of America happily consuming its way into oblivion, without even noticing it.