Thursday, April 03, 2008

Quote of the day

"Let us tenderly and kindly cherish ... the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write. Let every order and degree among the people rouse their attention and animate their resolution." - John Adams, "A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law" (1765)


Spocko said...

reading, thinking, speaking and writing.

Compare to passive tv watching.

I'm reading a books about the power of voice. It is often under appreciated. Wouldn't it have been interesting to hear how the framers emphasized each word?

I was also reading about how important the printed word was considered in the creation of the constitution. How the act of reading (and expecting others to have read the same thing) influences our thought.

Vs. endlessly repeating the same propaganda until it sinks in.

Hume's Ghost said...

Have you read The Assault on Reason? Al Gore has a section in it about reading actively engaging a person's mind while tv tends to zombify us. One of his goals is to develop a form of tv that will combine the best of both mediums.