Thursday, October 31, 2013

Socrates warns us about the dangers of new media

"I can­not help feel­ing, Phae­drus, that writ­ing is unfor­tu­nately like paint­ing; for the cre­ations of the painter have the atti­tude of life, and yet if you ask them a ques­tion they pre­serve a solemn silence. And the same may be said of speeches. You would imag­ine that they had intel­li­gence, but if you want to know any­thing and put a ques­tion to one of them, the speaker always gives one unvary­ing answer. And when they have been once writ­ten down they are tum­bled about any­where among those who may or may not under­stand them, and know not to whom they should reply, to whom not: and, if they are mal­treated or abused, they have no par­ent to pro­tect them; and they can­not pro­tect or defend them­selves."

- From Pheadrus

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