I know that you, ladies and gentlemen, have a philosophy, each and all of you, and that the most interesting and important thing about you is the way it determines the perspective in your several worlds. You know the same of me.
William James (1842 - 1910)This is one of my favourite William James quotes - simple enough yet so neatly expressed. Although he made the comment during one of his public talks I particularly like the way it applies to blogging, but doesn't really apply to print media or television.
Public talks and lectures were popular during the nineteenth century - Dickens gave many. To some extent they were replaced in the twentieth century by radio and TV as a popular source of commentary on a whole range of subjects.
It seems to me that the internet has begun to put this right - allowing us to relearn the desire to understand, contribute and explore possibilities.