Monday, February 12, 2007

Benjamin Franklin and Printing

According to apology for printers "That the business of printing has chiefly to do with mens opinion; most things that are printed tending to promote some, or oppose others. (Apology for Printers pg. 34, Benjamin Franklin)

My opinion about this statment that Benjamin Franklin wrote is that he was apologizing about the articles that he wrote. The printing business isn't about peoples opinions. The business of printing is about promoting a certain idea that has to do in helping to change or reconstruct a society. The printing business is also about people learning things that they don't know. Printing can also be used for opposition of theories and ideas.


At 12:24 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post.

In Franklin's time the press was very opinionated and criticism of the press was very sharp. Editors were attacked for the the criticisms they made of local figures. Franklin is trying to defend the profession against its critics who charged the press with not being fair.


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