Post-truth en Karen Blixen

17 november 2016

Het post-truth-tijdperk is aangebroken? Een déjà vu? Elk zijn eigen Propagandaministerie, tot op het bot? In maart 1940 was Karen Blixen in Hitlers Berlijn: ‘The propaganda that has here reached such a state of perfection covers all aspects of existence and constantly surprises one by finding new fields of endeavour. But once a new generation has grown up that has wholly emancipated itself from the tradition of a union between word and fact, the substance of the word will have been juggled out of it, and it will be like paper money which is nowhere backed by gold, and the propaganda itself will have lost its savor. And with what shall it be salted? It will no longer be good for anything… (Matthew 5:13).’

 

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