NEWSWATCH: “LIFE UNDER ALTERNATIVE FACTS” – The New Yorker/Mikhail Iossel
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 …. 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 …. Still, there was nothing they … could do with or about that understanding. There was no place for them to take it …. People lived their lives in a state of permanent shell shock …. what constant, permanent exposure to alternative reality does: it deafens and deadens you.