In the business of theology it is hard not to be controversial - Jurgen Moltmann

Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Circumstances of the 'Intellectuals' (if there is such a thing)

'The intellectual is an endangered species. In place of such people as Bertrand Russell, Raymond Williams or Hannah Arendt — people with genuine learning, breadth of vision and a concern for public issues — we now have only facile pundits, think tank apologists and spin doctors. In the age of the knowledge economy, we have somehow managed to combine the widest ever participation in higher education with the most dumbed-down of cultures.'

Frank Furedi (2005) Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? Confronting 21st Century Philistinism. (from the front flap)



2 comments:

Carla said...

有朋友話會鼓勵個仔讀完中學就去闖蕩。我表示懷疑。咁佢最近就劈頭一句:「你覺得自己係咪知識分子丫?」

Yam 飲者 said...

你個朋友講野咁深奧既?係知識份子喇掛?
不過趁年輕到處闖蕩個D,好似叫做游牧民族啊。