Truthdig Salon: Pop Culture, Politics and the Price of Mass Distraction

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Are our national obsessions with celebrity and consumerism undermining our most fundamental democratic and moral values? Are we living in an era dominated by trash culture and junk politics, as some critics contend, or does popular culture offer unique opportunities for progress and political engagement?

Chris Hedges, Sharon Waxman and Marc Cooper gathered for a debate about popular culture hosted by Robert Scheer, editor of Truthdig, and Zuade Kaufman, the Web site’s publisher. Truthdig associate editor Kasia Anderson moderated. 

People Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges, in his provocative new book "Empire …

Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman is the founder and CEO of …

Marc Cooper

Marc Cooper turned his fascination with Las Vegas …

Kasia Anderson

Kasia Anderson, Truthdig's associate editor, will moderate the …