Fake news

The historian knows how vulnerable is the whole texture of facts in which we spend our daily lives; it is always in danger of being perforated by single lies or torn to shreds by the organized lying of groups, nations, or classes, or denied and distorted, often carefully covered up by reams of falsehoods…

Hannah Arendt

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1971/11/18/lying-in-politics-reflections-on-the-pentagon-pape/

 

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6 thoughts on “Fake news

  1. Trust Hannah Arendt to come up with a rich, intelligent comment like this one. It’s also a reminder that having to wend one’s way through a maze of lies is an old (ancient?) problem. It’s not one that has arisen recently, as a result of social media.

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