When James Madison Class of 1771, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay wrote the Federalist Papers — some of this country’s most important opinion editorials — they had seven months to write nearly 70,000 words. The stakes of the modern era are no lower, yet news comes at an exponentially faster rate.
To keep up with this pace, central debates have shifted away from journals, magazines, and newspapers to social media platforms. There is no question that instantaneous Twitter threads rival (if not eclipse) the traditional, slower-to-publish, 800-word op-ed.
The Daily Princetonian celebrates its historic opinion section, but we also understand that, for many, the barriers to entry remain too high and the process too slow. That’s why we are proud to inaugurate Reactions, a new effort to increase diversity of thought and reader engagement at the ‘Prince.’
After major scoops and stories on campus, Reactions will host a series of snappy, prompt, roughly 250-word pieces, staking out different points of view. These mini-columns will engage with each other directly, explore different sides of the issue at hand, and — importantly — prioritize timeliness.
Look for Reactions from our devoted opinion columnists, but if you see a big piece of news and have an opinion, we want to hear from you, too — no different than a thread of two to five tweets. Look for more detailed instructions on the ‘Prince’ website and at the bottom of major scoops in the coming weeks. We look forward to reading and sharing your reactions soon.
Rohit Narayanan is a sophomore from McLean, Va.. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Zachariah Sippy is a junior from Lexington, Ky. He can be reached at email@example.com. They are co-editors of The Daily Princetonian’s new opinion series: Reactions.