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orget the internet for a second. The way most of us observe the world, reason, seek the truth through evidence and write to persuade others goes back about 2,400 years to the Greek philosopher Aristotle.
You’ve heard of him, of course: the father of Western thought. Ole Miss alumni might also note that he established a philosophy school in Athens at the temple of Apollo, a place known as the Lyceum. But where would Aristotle be without his teacher, Plato? For that matter, where would Plato be without his teacher, Socrates? The best teachers follow the model set by Socrates and Plato and Aristotle: They teach their students how to think, not what to think. How to reason. How to seek the truth. How to
persuade others through rhetoric and writing. Ten years ago, when the University of Mississippi transitioned its journalism department into the School of Journalism and New Media, the “New Media” part of the name garnered much of the attention. What kind of technological training would the students receive? What did that mean, anyway? Ten years later, we know the answer. “New Media” is whatever comes next, and that can be unpredictable. We don’t know what journalism and marketing will look like in 2029. But the graduates of the School of Journalism and New Media
Students on a depth reporting trip on the way from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to Kandy, Sri Lanka 20
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