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TOTD 02 May 2002


The notion of objective history* disintegrates as soon as you realize that [historians] are selecting out of an infinite mass of data.. . . Once you recognize that there's no such thing as objectivity in the sense of neutrality, once you recognize that it's a matter of choice what you tell, you have to determine your criteria for selecting facts. You have to decide on the values that determine what you tell.

-Howard Zinn

Every book or publication has an author, and what that author chooses to write about is subjective, for that person alone determines the subject, content, and the values expressed or omitted.

-Bill Mollison, Permaculture: A Designer's Manual

*I think this idea applies to journalism at least as much as it does to history. -KMO

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keshet29
May. 2nd, 2002 03:23 pm (UTC)
my hero
raveen
May. 7th, 2002 02:35 pm (UTC)
*I think this idea applies to journalism at least as much as it does to history. -KMO
I think that journalism for the most part IS how history is recorded...
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