Life Under Alternative FactsPosted: February 6, 2017 | |
The Soviet Union bombarded its citizens with such facts in the seventies and eighties. No one was fooled.
Mikhail Iossel writes: There was no real cognitive dissonance existing in the minds of most people in the Soviet Union of the nineteen-seventies and eighties. Everyone knew that everything said on the radio or on television, everything (with the exception of weather reports or sports results) was a blatant lie, spoken pro forma, just because that’s the way things were and had to be: outside, it was dark or light or drizzly or sunny or cold and snowy or pleasantly warm or too hot for comfort—and on the radio and on TV and in newspapers and magazines the untold legions of official-propaganda folks talked about the kind of reality which did not remotely exist in the reality of Soviet people’s lives.
“Everyone knew that they, the Soviet people, lived in a veritable funhouse of a giant isolated world unto itself, in the parallel reality of that endless hall of crazily distorted mirrors.”
Just because from dawn to dusk everyone was forced to hear on the radio and read in newspapers that everyone’s life in the Soviet land was wonderful and was going to be infinitely better still, and that everyone else out in the capitalist world envied the happiness of Soviet people’s lives, no one was duped into thinking this was actually how things were, neither in their own lives or in the lives of people all around them, in their cities and villages.
[Read the full story here, at The New Yorker]
Everyone knew the truth, even in the absence of any alternative, more reality-bound source of information. Everyone knew how things were in reality. How could one not? One had one’s eyes and ears and one’s own life to live.
Everyone knew that the country was mired in poverty and decay and stagnation and degradation, drowning in lies and cynicism and all-out drunkenness. … (read more)
Source: The New Yorker
- Russia in Biggest Arctic Military Push Since Soviet Fall (gcaptain.com)
- Syria lets Russia expand its Mediterranean naval facility (stripes.com)
- Russian president surprises audience, sings Soviet cosmonauts’ song (amtvmedia.com)
- BRITAIN: Russia is trying to undermine the West by ‘weaponizing misinformation’ (businessinsider.com)
- Trump, ‘Fake News’ And Climate Change Tick ‘Doomsday Clock’ Closer To Midnight (sacramento.cbslocal.com)
- The 25 places in Eastern Europe you must see in your lifetime (telegraph.co.uk)
- Holocaust Denial (eschatonblog.com)