Chris Hedges on the Purpose of Journalism

“When I left the United States, I was pretty much out of the country for 20 years. So I lost touch with many of those people that I had worked [with…] But it’s interesting, since I’ve come back to the United States, I teach in a prison and have been about to start again this fall and teach with inmates.

And I think part of that is because as a writer who cares about voices—and I think this is really the mark of what journalism’s golden function is within a society, giving a voice to those who otherwise, without us, would not have a voice.”

From Looking Ahead: Chris Hedges On Poverty, Politics, U.S. Culture {talk of the nation}.