One of the best parts of this time of year is all of the inspiring ivy league commencement speeches that are shared online. Oprah Winfrey’s words of wisdom to USC’s school of journalism graduates are so timely and so wise.
Here are some of the best quotes.
On the perils of the Internet: “Everything around us, including and in particular the internet and social media, is now being used to erode trust in our institutions, interfere in our elections, and wreak havoc on our infrastructure.”
“It hands advertisers a map to our deepest desires, it enables misinformation to run rampant, attention spans to run short, and false stories from phony sites to run circles around major news outlets. We have literally walked into traffic while staring at our phones.”
On the importance of truth: “The truth exonerates, and it convicts. It disinfects, and it galvanizes. The truth has always been and will always be our shield against corruption, our shield against greed and despair. The truth is our saving grace.”
“And not only are you here to tell it, to write it, to proclaim it, to speak it, but to be it. Be the truth. Be the truth.”
On standing up for your beliefs: “These times are here to let us know that we need to take a stand for our right to have hope. We need to take a stand with every ounce of wit and courage we can muster. The question is, what are you willing to stand for? That question is going to follow you throughout your life. Here’s how you answer it: You put your honor where your mouth is.”
Here is the entire speech.
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