Henry Giroux: Data Storms and the Tyranny of Manufactured Forgetting

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The current mainstream debate regarding the crisis in Iraq and Syria offers a near perfect example of both the death of historical memory and the collapse of critical thinking in the United States. It also signifies the emergence of a profoundly anti-democratic culture of manufactured ignorance and social indifference.

By Henry A. Giroux  Truthout.org | News Analysis  24 June 2014

Manufactured forgetting
(Image: Jared Rodriguez 

For in the world in which we live it is no longer merely a question of the decay of collective memory and declining consciousness of the past, but of the aggressive [assault on] whatever memory remains, the deliberate distortion of the historical record, the invention of mythological pasts in the service of the powers of darkness.

         − Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi[1]

All reification is forgetting.    − Herbert Marcuse[2]

The current mainstream debate regarding the crisis in Iraq and Syria…

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