Category Archives for academics

March 24, 2009

Intellectual elitism and the case of the missing author

TweetOver at Edge of the West, where SEK’s critically flawed post on my engagement with Patterico has been subsequently removed, there remains a number of comments that I find troubling for a number of reasons. First, there is an peculiar, … Continue reading

24. March 2009 by Jeff G.

March 12, 2009

Losing more slowly: an OUTLAW’s lament

TweetAs a follow-up to Dan’s piece on the (ironic, surreal, and — let’s just say it, profoundly Orwellian) shouting down of a “conservative” speaker looking to address the question of hate speech, I’d like to offer a few observations: first, … Continue reading

12. March 2009 by Jeff G.

November 3, 2008

“Are Obama’s Friends Fair Game?”

TweetBari Weiss, WSJ: It’s not every presidential election that American voters are introduced to characters like former domestic terrorist Bill Ayers or Middle East historian Rashid Khalidi — both of whom, we have learned, Barack Obama worked and socialized with … Continue reading

03. November 2008 by Jeff G.

October 31, 2008

“If it redistributes like a duck …”

TweetDavid Harsanyi, The Denver Post: Barack Obama is going to fix the economy by “spreading the wealth around”? Now, I’m not attempting to demonize Obama, God forbid. It’s just that, as we all know, that’s what Obama told Joe the … Continue reading

31. October 2008 by Jeff G.

August 12, 2008

Provocateurism, 7

TweetIn a way it was predictable — and I won’t deny that, on some level, I probably knew the issue would be broached — but yesterday’s post in the provocateurism series wended its way, in exchanges between author and commenters … Continue reading

12. August 2008 by Jeff G.

August 11, 2008

Provocateurism, 6

TweetLongtime readers of this site have frequently encountered arguments in which I fasten identity politics to a form of soft, progressivist totalitarianism “PC” speech (which, we are often told with a wave of the hand and a gourmands’ sniff, is, … Continue reading

11. August 2008 by Jeff G.

August 16, 2007

Everything old is new again: peace studies and the “new reality”

TweetDavid Thompson, on False Consciousness and the modern “peace studies” movement led by Norwegian Marxist and professor Johann Galtung: Galtung is the founder of the “peace university”, Transcend, which stresses “a new reality” in conflict resolution and reporting – one … Continue reading

16. August 2007 by Jeff G.

July 9, 2007

About the author — interpretation, intention, and the "historical" agency

TweetAn interesting juxtaposition on “journalistic disclosure” from today’s Rocky Mountain News, which excerpts competing views from the National Journal’s William Powers and CBSNews’ Brian Montopoli. First, here’s Powers, who, it’s fair to say, believes journalistic outlets should provide their readerships … Continue reading

09. July 2007 by Jeff G.

June 18, 2007

Knight of the Living Dead

TweetFrom the BBC, “Iran condemns Rushdie knighthood”: His book The Satanic Verses offended Muslims worldwide and led to Iran issuing a fatwa in 1989, ordering Sir Salman’s execution. Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said the decision to praise … Continue reading

18. June 2007 by Jeff G.

June 18, 2007

a post that mimics an actual blog post, even as it's meant (meta-secretly) to test certain Word Press functions

TweetFrom the AP: District Attorney Mike Nifong was disbarred Saturday for his “selfish” rape prosecution of three Duke University lacrosse players – a politically motivated act, his judges said, that he inexplicably allowed to fester for months after it was … Continue reading

18. June 2007 by Jeff G.

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