Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Worldviews and fishbowls

Research suggests that many working journalists -- maybe because of their constant exposure to information and competing viewpoints -- consider themselves moderate to liberal, politically and socially. I suspect they appreciate the nuances of life. This isn't to say they don't have strong opinions; those I know do. They are probably less inclined than most to be rigid in their worldview, understanding that Truth is often elusive.
Young people (university students) too often insulate themselves in fishbowls of comfortable cliques and viewpoints even though their college years should be filled with explorations of new and challenging ideas. If your professors aren't offering these to you, we're doing you a disservice. We should be pushing you outside of your comfort zones, challenging you to try different paths and assuring you that discovery (especially for journalists) is the key to a rich and rewarding career and life.
College is the time to cut loose (intellectually) but I sense too few students do.
Do you feel free to make mistakes or misalliances? Do you fear being reproached or condemned by your instructors or peers, or veering off your career path? If so, then, once again, we're not getting the job done.
I'm reminded of the time a co-worker and I, both greenhorn newspaper reporters, were having one of our famously ill-informed arguments. The managing editor -- a blustery, profane and occasionally wise man -- sauntered up and said (I'm paraphrasing), "You're both full of it. You'll change your minds 10 times before you're 30. Relax. What's your rush?"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Truth comment interests me.

Questions for Professor Wiggins and other bloggers:

Is there absolute Truth? If so, where does it come from?

If there is no absolute truth, how is the truth determined?

12:37 PM  
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