Monday, January 29, 2018

Publishing


By Benjamin Franklin

The opinions people have, are almost as variable as their faces. The job of printers is to allow people to express these differing opinions. There would be very little printed if publishers produced only things that never offend anybody.

Printers are educated in the belief that when men differ in opinion, both sides ought to have the advantage of being heard by the public: and when Truth and Error have a fair play, the former is always an over match for the latter.

It is unreasonable to imagine that printers approve of everything they print. It is likewise unreasonable to what some assert, that printers ought not to print anything but what they approve since ... an end would therefore be put to free writing and the world would afterwards have nothing to read but what happened to be the opinion of the printer.

"Social dancers believe that you're only young once,
but you can be immature the rest of your life."



It was not in Franklin’s nature, however, to be dogmatic or extreme about any principle: he generally gravitated towards a sensible balance. The rights of printers, he realized, were balanced by the their duty to be responsible. Thus, even though printers should be free to publish offensive opinions, they should exercise discretion. His quote, “I have always refused to print such things as might do real injury to any person.”

"Dance like no one is watching. Because they are not.
They're checking their phones."