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Where Ideas Go to Die: The Fate of Intellect in American Journalism

Michael McDevitt

Abstract

Where Ideas Go to Die explores the troubled relationship of US journalism and intellect. A defender of common sense, the press is irked at intellect yet often dependent on its critical autonomy. A postwar observation from Richard Hofstadter applies to contemporary journalists: “Men do not rise in the morning, grin at themselves in their mirrors, and say: ‘Ah, today I shall torment an intellectual and strangle an idea!’ ” The book nevertheless documents the prowess of news media in policing intellect. Control extends beyond suppression of ideas and ways of thinking to the aggressive rendering o ... More

Keywords: anti-elitism, anti-intellectualism, anti-rationalism, authoritarianism, dissent, intellect, journalism, media, populism, reflexivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190869953
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190869953.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael McDevitt, author
Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, College of Media, Communication, and Information, University of Colorado, Boulder