Just who does the New York Times turn to for higher ed expertise? (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

Great article: Jonathan Senchyne calls out Nicolas Kristof for his misguided editorial on the lack of “public intellectuals.” Who really gets space in The New York Times? So-called “innovative educators” buying space to promote for-profit ventures, none of whom are actually educators or innovators — just profiteers.

I would add that there are few or no true public intellectuals actively writing in venues such as the NYTSalon, or Slate because educated opinion making fine distinctions in measured tones isn’t very good click bait. Careful reasoning sounds like hair splitting to most people when, in fact, it is really just careful reasoning taking into account as many of the facts as possible. What media outlets want are flame wars that generate hits, or inflammatory posts that provide confirmation bias for a large and clearly identifiable demographic, but not the work of public intellectuals.

Kristof’s essay obscures this truth while benefitting from it. See? I’m talking about it here…more exposure for him.

Just who does the New York Times turn to for higher ed expertise? (essay) | Inside Higher Ed.

Author: James Rovira

Dr. James Rovira is higher education professional with twenty years experience in the field in teaching, administration, and advising roles. He is also an interdisciplinary scholar and writer whose works include fiction, poetry, and scholarship exploring the intersections of literature and philosophy, literature and psychology, literary theory, and music and literature.. His books include Women in Rock/Women in Romanticism (in development), David Bowie and Romanticism (forthcoming 2022), Writing for College and Beyond (a first-year composition textbook (Lulu 2019)), Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History (Lexington Books 2019), Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 (Lexington Books, 2018); Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); and Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2010). See his website at jamesrovira.com for details.

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