The great irony: Anti-academics can sound like pretentious, out-of-touch intellectuals

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Keller … notes that the herd mentality takes over online; the anti-intellectuals become the metaphorical equivalent of an angry lynch mob when anyone either challenges one of the mob beliefs or posts anything outside the mob’s self-limiting set of values. http://tinyurl.com/kxxs2lj

There has been a long tradition of anti-intellectualism in Australia and America. There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism. It’s the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility. Journalist Charles Pierce, author of Idiot America, adds another perspective: “The rise of idiot America today represents–for profit mainly, but also and more cynically, for political advantage in the pursuit of power–the breakdown of a consensus that the pursuit of knowledge is a good. It also represents the ascendancy of the notion that the people whom we should trust the least are the people who best know what they are talking about. In the new media age, everybody is an expert.”

1. The metaphorical phrase ivory tower describes academics as protected from harsh realities and ignorant of the possible consequences of their research. There once may have been some truth to that belief, but many academics today are also employed in the private sector or otherwise involved outside academia. Some critics of academia use the word to negatively describe academic professionals as pretentious intellectuals who don’t understand life outside the protected walls of their research labs and libraries. The attempt can backfire, though, leaving the critics at risk of sounding like pretentious, out-of-touch intellectuals themselves. http://tinyurl.com/nfdkly9

2. “Observers have long noted a considerable gap between organizational research findings and management practices. Although volumes have been written about the probable causes and consequences of this gap, surprisingly little empirical evidence exists concerning the various viewpoints. The articles in this forum provide data on the role of academic-practitioner relationships in both generating and disseminating knowledge across boundaries. The contributions of each article are summarized in light of recent theories of knowledge creation, and suggestions are made for increasing the value and relevance of future research to both academics and practitioners.” http://tinyurl.com/mfzyvno

3. In contrast to “the online mob’s self-limiting set of values” – The fundamental values of academic integrity http://tinyurl.com/kd6fhgf

4. Anti-intellectualism is hostility towards and mistrust of intellect,intellectuals, and intellectual pursuits, usually expressed as the derision of education, philosophy, literature, art, and science, as impractical and contemptible. There has been a long tradition of anti-intellectualism in Australia and America. Journalist Charles Pierce, author of Idiot America, adds another perspective: “The rise of idiot America today represents–for profit mainly, but also and more cynically, for political advantage in the pursuit of power–the breakdown of a consensus that the pursuit of knowledge is a good. It also represents the ascendancy of the notion that the people whom we should trust the least are the people who best know what they are talking about. In the new media age, everybody is an expert.” http://tinyurl.com/kxxs2lj

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