The past resembles the present

One of the best media critics is Karl Kraus, whose Last Days of Mankind satirized the Viennese of his day in their love of gossip and gossip dressed up as news. Coffeeshops were abuzz with the latest rumors and disasters, culminating in the disaster of WW I. What I always remember from this play, a long read, is the scene where a reporter comes up with a notebook in hand to a man lying on the battlefield and asks him to tell the public what it feels like to die.

Axé.

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