Collapse of the Soviet Union

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    Mike from Jersey

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    Collapse of the Soviet Union

I am reading a book on the collapse of the Soviet Union. I came across a quote about the Soviet media.

It is an interesting quote since it seems like a description – not only of the former Soviet media  – but of the present Western media. Please note that I have changed some of the wording from the quote (changed words are in parentheses) since the author of the book uses over-intellectualized phraseology which makes the text quite difficult to understand. However, I think that the meaning is the same. The actual quote is reprinted below the modified quote. Here is the quote modified to make it more comprehensible:

“… since Soviet people read (authorized releases) for (descriptive) representations of their world, and these representations were (controlled) and could not be verified or challenged, Soviet people could never be certain what was real and what was simulated. Since nothing about the representations of the world was verifiably true or false, the whole of reality became ungrounded, transformed into simulacra.”

Here is the actual quote:

“… since Soviet people read authoritative discourse for constative representations of their world, and these representations were hegemonic and could not be verified or challenged, Soviet people could never be certain what was real and what was simulated. Since nothing about the representations of the world was verifiably true or false, the whole of reality became ungrounded, transformed into simulacra.”

Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation, by Alexei Yurchak

The quotes could very well be a description – not just of the Soviet media but – of the current Western media. I read the MSM and find it difficult to gauge how much of it – if any of it – is true. All that I know that it constitutes something that someone wants me to believe. My day-to-day experience, coupled with what information I can gain from “unauthorized” sources, leads me to believe that much of the MSM narrative is false, I just don’t know how much its’ totality is false.

In the book, the author, Yurchak, notes that the Soviet media actually evolved to that state over a course of decades. It was in the state described above just prior to the Soviet collapse.

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