Every Tuesday night we team up with Think Olio to present an amazing 90-minute class (with a beer break, of course) in a corner of the Nowadays back yard. This week we’re presenting a class called “Guilty Pleasures Take the Edge Off Reality: Inside the Entertainment-Industrial Complex” with Professor Ward Reagan, a history and philosophy professor at NYU. Here’s what Ward’s said to prep the session:
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.
7:30p / $12** / tickets and more info
**class is $12, but don’t worry, if you’re just coming to hang out, have dinner or have a drink, Nowadays is free as usual