Blue Collar Intellectuals

Blue Collar Intellectuals

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Stupid is the new smarta€”but it wasna€™t always so Popular culture has divorced itself from the life of the mind. Who has time for great books or deep thought when there is Jersey Shore to watch, a txt 2 respond 2, and World of Warcraft to play? At the same time, those who pursue the life of the mind have insulated themselves from popular culture. Speaking in insider jargon and writing unread books, intellectuals have locked themselves away in a ghetto of their own creation. It wasna€™t always so. Blue Collar Intellectuals vividly captures a time in the twentieth century when the everyman aspired to high culture and when intellectuals descended from the ivory tower to speak to the everyman. Author Daniel J. Flynn profiles thinkers from working-class backgrounds who played a prominent role in American life by addressing their intellectual work to a mass audience. Blue Collar Intellectuals shows us how much everyonea€”intellectual and everyman alikea€”has suffered from mass culturea€™s crowding out of higher things and the elitea€™s failure to engage the masses.37 If Encyclopedia Britannicaa#39;s project were a hockey team, Mortimer Adler would have played center, defenseman, goalie, and left and right wing. ... a€œIn desperation, I went to Bill Benton and Harry Houghton with a plan for raising $250, 000 to defray the cost of printing and binding ... unsold sets.41 On April 15, 1952, Britannica delivered its buckrambound Founders Edition to subscribers at a gala dinner.

Title:Blue Collar Intellectuals
Author: Daniel Flynn
Publisher:Open Road Media - 2014-04-08

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