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  •  It's still possible (5+ / 0-)

    for the truth to win.

    I'm not sure how plugged in your friend is to the internet and social media.  But I think it would give him some hope.  

    "his comment was that things are no corrupt that the truth can no longer win against propaganda"

    It does worry me though, that an expert historian would say that.  I think things are grim, no doubt, and we're overrun by propaganda in the media, and in much more personal ways but individuals who are being paid to crawl all over the internet with their assignments to exercise psyops on the populace. But fewer people are watching cable news all the time.  Younger generations just ignore it completely. Now that might change as they get older and are more tied down with mortgages and families. Who knows?  And the govt is definitely hyperfocused on the internet.  

    But watching how this Syria thing is playing out is, in a weird way, encouraging. Forces that really had an almost impossible task breaking through to the American public now have a much easier job of it. And on Facebook and Twitter, for instance, many more people in the Middle East have gotten to know people in the West, largely due to Arab Spring, and we've got ways of hearing from people there that we never had before.  

    Anyway, I'm still interested in hearing more from your friend. History is my weak spot.  Big time.  I'm trying to rectify that but I rely on historians who are trustworthy. Their perspective is very important.  And our government really, really seems to disregard history and never learns from it. They are so convinced by their own hype that they think history doesn't matter.

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 08:14:59 AM PDT

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    •  "Isn't it pretty to think so?" (1+ / 0-)
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      It's still possible for the truth to win.
      If Brett is modern "Truth" and "Justice"...

      I admit that as a lit major, grad student, and lecturer, I was never a snob about Cliff Notes (nor Spark Notes now). I'd never advise using them to replace reading the work itself--what would be the fun in that?--nor would I recommend skipping one's personal intellectual engagement with it, but the Notes can certainly be interesting and useful as simply another secondary resource. After all, no one would suggest not reading other sources of criticism, right?

      Trust, but verify. - Reagan
      Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

      by Words In Action on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 09:47:53 AM PDT

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