“Thought leaders”.

/“Thought leaders”.

The rich have, [The Ideas Industry author Daniel W.] Drezner writes, empowered a new kind of thinker—the “thought leader”—at the expense of the much-fretted-over “public intellectual.” Whereas public intellectuals like Noam Chomsky or Martha Nussbaum are skeptical and analytical, thought leaders like Thomas Friedman and Sheryl Sandberg “develop their own singular lens to explain the world, and then proselytize that worldview to anyone within earshot.” While public intellectuals traffic in complexity and criticism, thought leaders burst with the evangelist’s desire to “change the world.” Many readers, Drezner observes, prefer the “big ideas” of the latter to the complexity of the former.

David Sessions on commodified intellectualism.

In other words, always take with a grain of salt individuals who make loud public profiles offering simple “revolutions” to complex problems…

2017-07-10T09:36:16+00:004th October, 2017|Tags: culture|1 Comment
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