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Anti-Intellectualism In The Age Of Contested Knowledge Production: Perpetual Inaction, When Ideas Constrain Discourse, Jesse Benn Jan 2015

Anti-Intellectualism In The Age Of Contested Knowledge Production: Perpetual Inaction, When Ideas Constrain Discourse, Jesse Benn

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis is a qualitative, critical inquiry, which demarcates a new era of anti-intellectualism. By using think tanks as a heuristic device, two new conceptual terms, each meant to capture prevailing iterations of anti-intellectualism in contemporary society, are offered. Once established, a case study examines changes to the University of Colorado’s nondiscrimination policy. This provides insight into the ways this new era of anti-intellectualism and its new dimensions impact institutions of knowledge production. The corrupting influence of money and politics on the production of intellectual ideas has come to define modern anti-intellectualism, and the problematic impacts of this milieu ...