Jefferson quote on reading newspapers

By | November 21, 2008

It was the quote of the day today. I added it to my Quotes plugin that displays a random quote on my right-most side bar. I like to find quotes that means something to me and share them there… today I found one interesting enough to do a post on.

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

Why is that interesting?  Well it is interesting to think about what Jefferson was getting at with that comment.  Was it some deep commentary on journalism and ethics of the time?  Was he peeved at the newspapers in relation to something?  (Which being a prominant political figure was certainly possible.)

I like to think what he was getting at here is that people need to think for themselves.  Don’t just soak up what you read in the newspaper.  (Or a blog for that matter.) The net has allowed us to get information from multiple sources.  Use that to your advantage.  The other part of that is, don’t allow someone to control your viewpoint.  Also, augment your viewpoint.  You read something on the war in Iraq, read a book (magazine, blog, website, etc) on Iraq history, Pacifism, WWII, etc.  Expanding on what the background will give you a wider range of knowledge about a subject, allowing for a deeper understanding.

[tags]Thomas Jefferson, Jake Barnard, Olorinpc, Quotes, Newspapers[/tags]

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