Slaying the Gorgon: The Rise of the Storytelling Industrial Complex

 
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In Slaying the Gorgon, traditional storyteller and public radio producer Joe McHugh offers a fascinating and provocative look at how we tell stories in the modern age given the dynamic and transforming influence of new technologies. From the venerated saints and cathedrals of the Middle Ages to the pop stars and cineplexes of today, he explains why images and sound are increasingly supplanting the authority of the printed word, and by so doing, radically altering the cultural, economic, and political landscape in the United States and around the world. · What causes the political gridlock that prevents us from solving problems that threaten our very survival? · Why are movie actors, professional wrestlers, and comedians becoming governors and United States senators? · Why is the judge of a reality television show paid two hundred times more than a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court? · Why is public education’s reliance on standardized tests causing some school officials and teachers to falsify test scores? · Why are churches holding worship services in movie theaters? · How did a battle over a microphone in 1980 change the course of world history? · What is a “sustainable imagination” and what happens when a society industrializes the way it tells its stories?

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Joe McHugh is a storyteller, public radio producer, old-time fiddler, and home-grown philosopher. He is a member of the faculty of the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and lectures nationally on the art and practice of storytelling in the modern age. He has authored two collections of American folktales and humor and an illustrated children’s book about the early days of aviation. His novel Kilowatt explores the perils of energy capitalism and the sacredness of time. To learn more about his work, please visit: www.americanfamilystories.org www.joemchugh.info www.callingcrane.com

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