Jun 24, 06
In these pages, Alex Kotlowitz writes, “Truth is not relative. Truthiness, as Stephen Colbert calls it, is not truth.” Recently, Americans have been put to the task of finding truth that is self-evident, not self-serving and manipulated. Of course, even if the word truthiness is relatively new, manipulating the truth is not. In the early 17th century, Miguel de Cervantes’ comic protagonist Don Quixote proclaimed, “I perceive everything I say as absolutely true, and deficient in nothing whatever, and paint it all in my mind exactly as I want it to be.”
Today, as we portray, describe, and shape identities, we may lose sight of the original literary and journalistic intentions of language — to discover and reveal the truth. In issue #3 of MAKE, we attempt to test our understanding of the truth through documentary, myth, surrealism, and a hip-hop refrain. We may be closest to knowing the truth when considering its distance.
Sarah Dodson and Mike Zapata