"Media is one of the most destructive forces that has ever existed," Julian Assange argued in the increasingly publicized Holberg debate. Of the strong reactions to the debate, one would think radical media criticism was something new and unheard of. Yes, an attack on democracy and a symptom of a society in disrepair – in short: something trumpish. None of this is true. The press criticism is almost as old as the press itself, and among its many representatives are some of the finest thinkers, writers and statesmen of Western culture. One of them is an unknown Danish philosopher.
In the middle of the 1800th century, Søren Kierkegaard sat in Copenhagen and wrote furious diary entries about the new phenomenon. . .
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