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The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

May 1st, 2014 by Dave · 1 Comment

This transcript of a speech given by journalist Chris Hedges offers a very powerful look at our current state of affairs. The introduction of the article draws parallels between our self-destructive path and the novel Moby Dick, which opens the door to using this article as part of a unit on literature, as well as one on current events, global issues, business, etc.

And, since this is a video transcript, this could also be done as a listening activity. Much of the information may already be known to students, but it pulls together the big picture in a powerful and concise way. It also makes the point that, when we face difficult situations, those in power tend to marginalize voices that speak the truth. An exploration of this idea would be a great addition to a unit on critical media literacy.

Thanks, Krista

Tags: art as activism · climate change · consumerism · finance · financial crisis (2008) · global issues activities · history · listening · natural disasters · poverty & wealth · reading · the environment · video

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  • 1 Randy Sugawara // May 2, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I have been looking for a site that consolidates materials for all levels of ESL, particularly for low beginners in Thailand where I am headed to teach ESL. The focus of my lessons will be on environmental issues.

    Thank you for your site and your contributions.

    Randy K. Sugawara, Ph.D.

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