Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
A fascinating admission from the president of NBC on the nature of truth. "We have to abandon any claim to omniscience. Walter Cronkite used to end his broadcast with 'That’s the way it is.' Dan Rather pulled that back, appropriately, to 'That’s part of our world tonight.' The digital journalist, if he or she were being honest, would say something like 'That’s some of what we did our best to find out today.' This means not just recognizing that on most matters there are multiple points of view out there as opposed to a single, discoverable 'truth,' but also — and this is just as important — acknowledging that the world is a complicated place, and the stories and issues we cover are not always reducible to simple, television-friendly explanations."

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