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In French, actualité expresses things we would call "news," topical things, current developments, all with a sense of their actuality, their real presence. Hence "fake news" is a difficult concept to express in French.
Here on A Place to Study we want to situate under the heading "Actualités" something more that listings of "what's new"or "trending topics." Study, particularly study leading to self-formation and liberal learning, are not high-visibility matters in contemporary life. We seek to cultivate and expand their precence, but doing so in a merely hortatory way won't go very far. These topics, we think, have a real presence in contelmporary life, an ostensible presence too often overlooked, and a "presence of ommission" evident in destructive tendencies in contemporary culture, the "deaths of despair" and nihilistic willfulness in the uses of power.
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