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Blogging and the New Public Intellectual: Speaker Series

Via Meadia readers might be interested in a series of events called “Blogging and the New Public Intellectual”, coordinated by our own Walter Russell Mead and Bard’s Prof. Roger Berkowitz. There are several events in NYC in the coming weeks.

Blogging and the New Public Intellectual

We live in the age of the blog. Public intellectuals and journalists must adapt to short news cycles, short attention spans, new economic models, and a flood of competing commentary and information. The rise of blogs may be dangerous insofar as blogs attract like-minded people who only hear one side, but they are extremely powerful as well, insofar as they allow for people to become highly educated about the world by following a few top bloggers.

Blogging democratizes debate even as it erodes the significance of institutional authority. By removing cultural gatekeepers, blogging is changing the tenor of public discourse for the good and the bad. What is undeniable is that a new kind of public intellectual is emerging.

The series on Blogging and the New Public Intellectual, curated by Roger Berkowitz and Walter Russell Mead, will engage an ongoing discussion with the nation’s leading bloggers in politics, history, art, and culture. We will be asking about their experience as bloggers, what they hope to accomplish, and how they work. We’ll discuss the pressures to put content up quickly, to be controversial, and to balance personal opinion with journalistic standards.

Above all, we will analyze the emergence of a new form of political and cultural writing by engaging with the best practitioners of this new and powerful medium.

Upcoming Guest Bloggers
March 5th:
Our first guest blogger is Francine Prose. Francine blogs for The New York Review of Books.

“Francine Prose is a keen observer…full of wryly delivered truths and sardonic witticisms that come from paying close attention to the world.” – The Atlantic.

“Francine Prose has a knack for getting to the heart of human nature.” – USA Today.

March 12:
Amy Davidson and Dylan Byers. Amy Davidson blogs for the New Yorker, and Dylan Byers blogs for Politico.

April 9:
David Frum. David Frum blogs for the Daily Beast and the Huffington Post.

RSVP here.

Other NYC Events
March 10:
Retired General Stanley McChrystal discusses his new book, My Share of the Task with Walter Russell Mead and Roger Berkowitz.

5:00pm at the New York Historical Society, Robert H. Smith Auditorium. 170 Central Park West, New York City.

Purchase your tickets here. Availability is limited.

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