Where Ideas Go to Die

Ideas die at the hands of journalists. This is the controversial thesis offered by Michael McDevitt in a sweeping examination of anti-intellectualism in American journalism.

Where Ideas Go to Die

Where Ideas Go to Die

Ideas die at the hands of journalists. This is the controversial thesis offered by Michael McDevitt in a sweeping examination of anti-intellectualism in American journalism. A murky presence, anti-intellectualism is not acknowledged by reporters and editors. It is not easily measured by scholars, as it entails opportunities not taken, context not provided, ideas not examined. Where Ideas Go to Die will be the first book to document how journalism polices intellect at a time when thoughtful examination of our society's news media is arguably more important than ever. Through analysis of media encounters with dissent since 9/11, McDevitt argues that journalism engages in a form of social control, routinely suppressing ideas that might offend audiences. McDevitt is not arguing that journalists are consciously or purposely controlling ideas, but rather that resentment of intellectuals and suspicion of intellect are latent in journalism and that such sentiment manifests in the stories journalists choose to tell, or not to tell. In their commodification of knowledge, journalists will, for example, "clarify" ideas to distill deviance; dismiss nuance as untranslatable; and funnel productive ideas into static, partisan binaries. Anti-intellectualism is not unique to American media. Yet, McDevitt argues that it is intertwined with the nation's cultural history, and consequently baked into the professional training that occurs in classrooms and newsrooms. He offers both a critique of our nation's media system and a way forward, to a media landscape in which journalists recognize the prevalence of anti-intellectualism and take steps to avoid it, and in which journalism is considered an intellectual profession.

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Where Ideas Go to Die
Language: en
Pages: 268
Authors: Michael McDevitt
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020 - Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"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
Quest for the Presidency, 1992
Language: en
Pages: 742
Authors: Peter Louis Goldman, Thomas M. DeFrank, Mark Miller, Andrew Murr, Tom Matthews
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994 - Publisher: Texas A & M University Press

Examines the 1992 presidential election, revealing the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates, key moments in the campaign, and how the election reflected changes in the thinking of American voters
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Authors: Peter Louis Goldman, Thomas M. DeFrank, Mark Miller, Andrew Murr, Tom Matthews
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Language: en
Pages: 214
Authors: Eric Spitznagel
Categories: Fiction
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Pages: 177
Authors: Alex Stein
Categories: Fiction
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