Misinformation and propaganda have an accretive nature,” says Toporek. “Each lie makes the next lie more credible, every conspiracy theory makes the next one more plausible. The Fox shows how individual choices help pave the road to tyranny and disaster.
ORLANDO, Fla. (PRWEB) January 30, 2023
January 30, 2023 marks the 90th anniversary of the appointment of Adolph Hitler as chancellor of Germany, and the lessons of his rise to power have never been more relevant than now. In recent years, sober-minded Americans have been whipsawed between terror and hope, as the seemingly unbreakable “American experiment” has been threatened by assaults on elections, institutions, and truth itself. Yet, moments of seeming salvation have given a sense of relief. From electoral victories to legal decisions, many Americans and media members have declared the threat over, the ideas rejected.
This sentiment, as author Adam S. Toporek writes in The Fox, is “an illusion borne of delusion.” Misinformation and propaganda continue to grow, fueled by a media environment that thrives on sensationalism and division, while the normalization of extremist views proceeds unabated. The lessons of the 1920s and ‘30s are that tyranny continues to fail upward, learning, refining, and slowly working its way into mainstream life, not by focusing initially on the levers of power but by focusing on the spread and acceptance of increasingly extremist views and policies.
In The Fox (January 30, 2023), Toporek tells the tale of Friedrich Foxx, a famed radio personality and personal friend of Joseph Goebbels, whose ambitious careerism and pursuit of fame blind him to his role in the world around him. As the country he loves descends rapidly into a fascist dictatorship, Friedrich is brought face-to-face with the legacy of his words and is forced to make a decision—continue to support the madness or fight it.
“Misinformation and propaganda have an accretive nature,” says Toporek. “Each lie makes the next lie more credible, every conspiracy theory makes the next one more plausible. Friedrich’s story shows how individual choices help pave the road to tyranny and disaster.”
The Fox reminds us that ideas matter and that words have an impact far beyond their initial reach. In a world in which everyone is a part of the media, this reminder could not be more timely.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A noted business expert, Adam S. Toporek has turned his attention to fiction and art. He is the author of the short stories, The Tear and The Enemy, the writer/director of the experimental comedy short, Sexy Summer Stock, and the host of the A Kick in the Art podcast.
ABOUT THE PUBLISHER
El Arte Es Amor Productions, LLC is a small publishing and production company dedicated to sharing art that has an impact on the world.