Thanks for the advice

brianA college senior showed up on my doorstop last night. He’d stepped through a time warp from 1983 and asked me if I could sit for a few questions about journalism. I agreed for there was something in the young man’s countenance which seemed agreeable though he was rough hewn and obviously suffered from senioritis. This is a recording of some of his questions and my answers:

Achieving the ideal of “E pluribus unum”

hainesAn interesting quote is making the rounds on social media.

Dante Alighieri wrote, “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those, who in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” Silence, therefore, can only be construed as assent to expressions of hatred for “the other.”


What kind of society do we seek?

haines“The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people,” wrote Tom Clancy. As we enter the Age of Information, that elitist control is likely to manifest itself as a denial-of-access to a complete education for any but the privileged.