Conduct Between Speaker and Audience

“Let the speaker speak truly and the judge decide justly” Time 3:06

“Now you will find them more ignorant than they are” Time 17:00

When someone like Socrates speaks an “apology” for creating such havoc in Athens, he has explained clearly why he has been accused and openly admit his behavior during his research.

In most cases, people presenting questionable information towards an impactful subject will suffer some scrutiny in others eyes. There will always be one or two audience member accusing the speaker’s information and beliefs in the speech to be false. However, as Socrates points out, some of the audience members are more ignorant of the subject than the speaker is. Speakers are the ones who conduct the research projects, interviews, and experiments to discover what they find. Their job is to present these findings to the public and explain why it’s “important” to recognize such information. The audience, some not all, would still call the speaker false even though they themselves have no idea about the speaker’s topic.

There must be some level of trust between the speaker and the audience. If the audience is questionable to the speaker’s information, they should perform research on their own or ask the speaker themselves before judging their criteria.

Source: Plato, “Apology”

Posted by kvance   @   31 January 2018

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