Conclusion: The Afterlife of Anti-Journalism

in The Anti-Journalist

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780226709703
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226709727 | DOI:
Conclusion: The Afterlife of Anti-Journalism

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study of Karl Kraus' anti-journalism. It suggests that while Kraus' anti-journalism alienates contemporary readers, tracing its formation prompts us to rethink issues that have immediate actuality in ongoing discussions of German-Jewish culture. Though Kraus made use of anti-Semitic language, he was moved by and excelled at chronicling moments in which large mechanisms of injustice bore down on individuals whom he saw as defenseless. An example of this is Die Fackel, which abounds with passionate and colorful interventions on behalf of people who were suffering as a result of bigotry or chauvinism or the systemic hypocrisy in fin-de-siècle Austrian society.

Keywords: Karl Kraus; anti-journalism; German-Jewish culture; anti-Semitic language; injustice; Die Fackel; bigotry; chauvinism; hypocrisy; Austria

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