Short Take: Having an Opinion

“We live in an era in which it is important to have opinions. Not necessarily smart or original ones; almost any opinion will do as long as it’s forcefully expressed.  We post them on Facebook; we tweet them; we express them in comments on Huffington Post.  It wasn’t that long ago that opinions were something carefully considered and weighed, so that they’d stand the test of time and reflect well on the author.  Thinkers were like gourmet chefs laboring over an elaborate meal they wanted to be perfect.  But today, opinions are like Big Macs ---- thrown together hastily, served by the billions, and not very good for you.”

Stephen Randall in the Los Angeles Times

(Quoted in The WEEK, January 28, 2011)

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