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"The old New York crowd has been replaced by a new generation of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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