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for 15 July 1998. Updated every WEEKDAY.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Filler 7.15.98

ARE YOU DOWN WITH THE INTELLECTUALS?

[Source: "Not Down to Our Last Intellectual" by Josh Getlin, LA Times, 7/1/98]

"The old New York crowd has been replaced by a new generation of intellectuals who have different concerns."

 
"Indeed, the difference between old and new intellectuals reflects the political, social, and cultural upheavals that have rocked America."

 
"It's a story of cold wars and hot media, a history of public thought and debate that runs from the Truman Doctrine to The Truman Show."

 
"[I]n our time, intellectual debates are just as likely to focus on MTV and Madonna as on Marxism."

 
"Literary criticism is just one more specialty in a cultural free-for-all that roams from television and movies to ethnic studies and Internet poetry. For some thinkers, the idea of analyzing a linear novel to yield insights seems quaint indeed."

 

"The intellectual scene was changing, and [Alfred] Kazin knew it. He realized that America had become a mass-media echo chamber, a society with decreasing respect for literary writing and even less regard for distinctions between high and low culture."

 

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