In Oct 2015, Nick Short warned here that the American public was "not only unable to find out about the truth but also become unable even to search for the truth".
Pieper was describing a world in which reality has given way to narratives as societies can no longer discern the difference between what is real and what is fake. Non-stop distractions are deliberately used by those in power as instruments of policy for the purpose of preventing people from paying attention to reality. Propaganda is used by those in power to manipulate language, thought, and opinion in a way that causes the progression from thought to action artificially. When the public is reduced to a state where people no longer care about the truth and are unaware of what that truth even is, propaganda takes hold and shows them what to do. The world Pieper was describing is the world that we live in today as more and more Americans are subjected to a bombardment of propaganda that is based on the ever changing news cycle that predominates our lives.
Ultimately, he warned that,
.... propaganda is used by both the media and the current administration in order to further an agenda that is not rooted in reality.
Of course, it's not just the "current administration" that seeks to veil truth. It's characteristic of a fallen world drifting deeper and deeper into apostasy. As C.S. Lewsi, wrote, wise people will immunize themselves against the "great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of [their] own age". And just how can one do that? Only by vaccinating themselves with the absolute truth of Scripture.
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance (Prov 1:5)