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Dead-on, this article. Reality and truth have lost their meaning as something that needs to be established objectively by the media, or scientifically by experts. It is the perception what really counts, which brings it ironically close to… quantum physics, in which the outcome is determined by who’s watching or monitoring the experiment at a certain time. Peek again, and it can all be different. Disturbing, ain’t it? Not really. There’s a reason politics is called perception management. Bush Jr. also tried tearing a hole in the fabric of reality by claiming the Iraq War was won before the situation was under control. Remember the banner ‘Mission Accomplished’ on the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln after he landed there in Top Gun style? Noticed the positive spin: frame the situation > use Hollywood imagery > manage people’s perception? He thought that that is what the Nation should feel and think about what had been accomplished at that point. How wrong he proved to be, taken over by the ‘real reality’ of urban warfare. Trump is simply better at this game, which is probably the reason he will not/never engage in actual military interventions.

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