Why don’t we love our intellectuals? | www.guardian.co.uk | Readability: “Recognising that they had been shafted by some clever flash-mobbing, the erudite editors of Prospect and Foreign Affairs tried to salvage something from the wreckage in a later edition. Noting that the definition of public intellectual remained ‘satisfyingly vague’, they set up what the racing fraternity would call a stewards’ inquiry to ‘weigh up the field on three criteria: novelty, real-world impact, and intellectual pizzazz’. The result: the world’s leading intellectual turned out to be General David Petraeus, architect of the US ‘surge’ in Iraq, currently in charge of the fiasco in Afghanistan and scheduled to become head of the CIA in September.
This is the kind of thing that gives superficiality a bad name.”