My latest: Why I Escaped the ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ via
“Every time that Times writer, Bari Weiss, called to talk with me about the ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ and my supposed membership in it, I just started laughing.”
Once again manages to put words to my feelings: ”I don’t see it as a sign of intellectual progress when a bunch of smart people find a way to make money off of niche political audiences by spewing opinions without doing much new research.”
I think something clicked for me in reading Alice Dreger's piece on why she opted out of inclusion in the NYTimes piece on the Intellectual Dark Web.
So good from on the “intellectual dark web”: research is not opinion, and the values of science - careful, cautious & nuanced - is at odds with a callous assertion of facts
Alice Dreger has written the definitive piece on the IDW, it's politely devastating. Now let's all move on
. nails it: Academic values are "in direct opposition to the kind of cocksure strutting that is the favored dance move of the intellectual dark web”.
This Dark Web Intellectuals piece by is funny, wry and balanced.
I think you'll like this. (Just out, by me.) via
When I read my latest piece aloud to my 17-year-old over breakfast and got to the line where I said, "While I am very experienced at being annoying..." he got the best (knowing teenager-to-mother) smile on his face.
I think 's response to the NYT's IDW piece is by far the best:
I've been busy doing actual work so I have no idea why my notification feed is full of IDW shit, but just as a reminder, this is why my IDW playing card is worth like a million dollars
Excellent piece by “I value ambivalence itself, along with intellectual humility.” More of this, please.
“Opinion is not scholarship, it is not journalism, and we are dying for lack of honest, fact-based, slow inquiry.”
is amusingly clueless in here: . She claims that , & the others value offense for its own sake, & that that's why they are well known: although she can't be bothered to make an argument in which she cites their works.
Why I Escaped the ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ via
Thoughtful and well-argued (as usual) piece by . Why I Escaped the ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ via
“Pissing off progressives and making money from niche political audiences aren’t intellectual progress.” (h/t )
Pissing off progressives and making money from niche political audiences don’t amount to intellectual progress, Alice Dreger writes.
Here’s what I see: a postapocalyptic, postmodern media landscape where thoughtfulness and nonpartisan inquiry go to die. The Intellectual Dark Web isn’t a solution, it might just be a sign of end times. —
I was disturbed by the "Dark Intellectual Web" story... Glad that Alice Dreger didn't get sucked into the mud.
Why I Escaped the ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ - The Chronicle of Higher Education, A very recommended read by
For the folks who didn't get the joke. via
"I don’t see it as a sign of intellectual progress when a bunch of smart people find a way to make money off of niche political audiences by spewing opinions without doing much new research."
More gold from : "Pissing off progressives isn’t intellectual progress."
From - spot on: Bonus insight: "How we need to fight back against university administrators’ equation of 'entrepreneurship,' funding, and publicity with scholarship."
. on the company you keep and how the values of "entrepreneurship" and the hunger games economy of academic labor have imperiled the Intellectual Light Web via
Today I re-read this reminder from that good scholarship *sometimes* rattles cages as a byproduct of being good scholarship, but seeking provocation is misguided. Well worth another read.
. is a national treasure. Good on her for opting out of the "intellectual dark web" that is neither intellectual nor dark, but is definitely on the web.
This is from that post I wrote seven (!) years ago. It's a little eerie reading it because it's so consistent with what I wrote for about escaping the Intellectual Dark Web
Somehow I missed this outstanding grumbly piece by .
Both those who liked article should read this one.
"I’m all for bringing intellectualism to the masses, but like a lot of academics, I value ambivalence itself, along with intellectual humility."
This is probably the best critique I've seen of the Intellectual Dark Web silliness, from a researcher that backed out of the article. (Dreger)
"Opinion is not scholarship, it is not journalism, and we are dying for lack of honest, fact-based, slow inquiry."
From a former guest on THE SAAD TRUTH (): . My affection for Alice (and the good work that she does) causes me to show diplomatic restraint. We are all fighting against bad ideas Alice to the best of our abilities.
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‘While I am very experienced at being annoying, including to members of my own progressive tribes, I don’t think this is a technique that should on its own be valorized’: on why she wants no place in the ‘Intellectual Dark Web’
Priceless truth: "Opinion is not scholarship. It is not journalism."
"What I’m left with after this experience is a sense, for myself, of how much academe matters."
Another day in the “postapocalyptic, postmodern media landscape where thoughtfulness and nonpartisan inquiry go to die.” From
“Here’s what I see: a postapocalyptic, postmodern media landscape where thoughtfulness and nonpartisan inquiry go to do. The Intellectual Dark Web isn’t a solution, it might just be a sign of end times.” Just catching up to this dissent
Why I Escaped the ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ an absolute must read!
Why I escaped the "Intellectual Dark Web" by Not sure I agree with it all, but I especially identified with this part: pissing off others should only be an occasional by-product of searching for the truth, not a goal itself
I like this no nonsense view but it’s pretty pessimistic
I think you'll enjoy this
"every time that Times writer, Bari Weiss, called to talk with me about the "Intellectual Dark Web" and my supposed membership in it, I just started laughing."
Seriously, though, if you were a NYT reporter trying to include me in a silly story about an alleged secret society, and I told you the LAST time a NYT reporter tried that, I published a viral satire about it, wouldn't you hasten to read the link I sent?
That said, just being opposed to PC and SJWs in itself doesn't make for a worthwhile intellectual agenda. I think Alice Dreger is right on the money on that point.