public intellectual

Jordan Peterson as a human filter bubble

Academic paper
Inge van de Ven
21/06/2019
18 minutes to read

The case of Jordan Peterson demonstrates that in today’s public spheres, the figure of the public intellectual is not necessarily free from ulterior motives in filtering information for the general public.

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Where have the Chinese public intellectuals gone?

Column
Mingyi Hou
12/03/2019
9 minutes to read

In the democratization paradigm the focus is on the question to what extent media institutions are free from state intervention. In this column, Mingyi Hou questions the usefulness of this paradigm to explain why Chinese public intellectuals seem to be disappearing.

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The public intellectual trapped in a Facebook bubble

Article
Noura Yacoubi
01/11/2018
5 minutes to read

Facebook's new algorithm give users a better experience, but actually creating an even more restricted bubble. The 'public' in 'public intellectual' could bette be changed to 'bubble'. 

 

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Seyran Ates: Female Muslim leader and intellectual

Column
Odile Heynders
16/08/2018
5 minutes to read

The Berlin Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque opened in the summer of 2017. The intention of its feminist leader, Seyran Ates, is to create an atmosphere for a peaceful and democratic Islam. Odile Heynders praises Ates as an excellent public intellectual.

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Banksy: de anonieme publieke intellectueel

Paper
Maud Schoonen
02/02/2018
18 minutes to read

Dit essay zet uiteen of Banksy beschouwd kan worden als publieke intellectueel en gebruikt een literatuurstudie om de casus Banksy te analyseren. Ook wordt er ook gekeken naar de retorische kwaliteiten van de kunstenaar.

Liu Xiaobo: Keeping a voice

Article
Odile Heynders
31/08/2017
9 minutes to read

Nobel laureate and dissident writer Liu Xiaobo is released from prison. Xiaobo dedicated the Nobel prize to ‘the martyrs of Tiananmen square’. His poetry expresses his courage and conviction. says Odile Heynders

How basketball All-Star player LeBron James becomes a public intellectual

Article
Guus Hovens
29/09/2017
7 minutes to read

Sports stars have an actual influence on the public sphere. They should dare to step up and raise their voices more often. Basketball player LeBron James' shows the way by criticizing Trump and supporting Black Lives Matter.

Dubravka Ugresić

Article
Odile Heynders
24/11/2016
11 minutes to read

Ugresić is one of the interesting European voices on nationalism and consumerism, critiquing sloppiness of thinking and the superficiality of the public debate. This is a voice that we should take seriously, says Odile Heynders.