Scattered criticism

You know how I keep going on about how invasive social media is and how I much happier I think I would be if I ever manage to get off it (still haven’t done that though)? I finished my book (This Side of Paradise) last night, and I just wanted to share something I read in it – which makes it seem like this is an age old problem. You know what they say, the more things change, the more they remain the same.

Excerpt –

We want to believe. Young students try to believe in older authors, constituents try to believe in their Congressmen, countries try to believe in their statesmen, but they can’t. Too many voices, too much scattered, illogical, ill-considered criticism. It’s worse in the case of newspapers. Any rich, unprogressive old part with that particularly grasping, acquisitive form of mentality known as financial genius can own a paper that is the intellectual meat and drink of thousands of tired, hurried men, men too involved in the business of modern living to swallow anything but pre-digested food. For two cents the voter buys his politics, prejudices and philosophy. A year later there is a new political ring or a change in the paper’s ownership, consequence: more confusion, more contradiction, a sudden inrush of new ideas, their tempering, their distillation, and the reaction against them.

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