At last, America has a philosopher king!
Obama said that good journalism is "critical to the health of our democracy," but expressed concern toward growing tends in reporting — especially on political blogs, from which a groundswell of support for his campaign emerged during the presidential election.Recall Plato, recall what he hated most: doxa, opinion.
"I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding," he said.
In her marvelous book The Promise of Politics, a book I keep by my bedside, Hannah Arendt writes:
Plato's furious denunciation of doxa, opinion, which not only runs like red through his political works but became one of the cornerstones of his concept of truth. Platonic truth, even when doxa is not mentioned, is always understood as the very opposite of opinion."Our president has sided with the philosophers in their long war against the babel of the plebeians.