The sub-head to an article in The Wall Street Journal by Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., about the GameStop phenomenon (remember that?—it does seem a long time ago now, doesn’t it?) caught my eye. “Robinhood,” it read, “might remind its customers that stocks are about something real.” Something what? There was that word again. Real. Mr. Jenkins was making an excellent point about the GameStop boys, but his choice of the word also reminded me of the extent to which “Reality” has lately replaced “Truth” as the gold standard in which the media are dealing every day. Or think they are. On the same day his article appeared, The New York Times’s tech correspondent Kevin Roose published one in that paper headed: “How the Biden Administration Can Help Solve Our Reality...

 

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