Alia - Chapter 05
Were he still alive, my father-in-law, the great journalist and "muckraker,"
Lincoln Steffens, might express both delight and horror at the array of
puns and paraphrases, quotes and misquotes, permutations and misrepresentations
that have arisen from his original utterance, "I have seen
the future and it works," which he also expressed as, "I have gone over
into the future." I hope he would forgive me for yet another appropriation
of the phrase. This concluding chapter looks at the contemporary
realities and future potential of the New Media Nation. With tongue
firmly in cheek but a serious point in mind, Lincoln Steffens declared
philosophy a waste of time:
No more philosophy for me. There was no ethics in it... I had been reading
[philosophers who] thought they had it all settled. They did not have
anything settled ... they could not agree upon what was knowledge, [or]
what was good and what evil, nor why (L. Steffens 1931: 139).