Situating public intellectuals

Marshall, P. David and Atherton, Cassandra 2015, Situating public intellectuals, Media International Australia, no. 156, pp. 69-78.

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Title Situating public intellectuals
Author(s) Marshall, P. DavidORCID iD for Marshall, P. David orcid.org/0000-0002-0418-4447
Atherton, CassandraORCID iD for Atherton, Cassandra orcid.org/0000-0001-6866-8566
Journal name Media International Australia
Issue number 156
Start page 69
End page 78
Total pages 9
Publisher University of Queensland
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2015-08-31
ISSN 1329-878X
Keyword(s) Public Intellectuals
online culture
public sphere
Australian public intellectuals
knowledge popularization
TED talks
new media
attention economy
public intellectual history
Summary The concept of the public intellectual has always been a somewhat contestedterm. This article serves as both an introduction to the debates around what it constitutes and an entry point into how the new media environment is producinga different configuration of the public intellectual. Through key thinkers who have addressed the idea of the public intellectual internationally and those who havefocused on the Australian context, this essay positions the arguments made bythe authors in this special issue. Via a short case-study of TED, the conferenceand online idea-spreading phenomenon, it argues that the contemporary moment is producing and privileging a different constellation of experts as celebrities that match the exigencies of online attention economy. A shifted conception of the public intellectual is beginning to take shape that is differently constituted, used and situated, and this article helps to define the parameters for further discussion of these transformations.
Language eng
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078820

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