Journal: Journalists v. Intellectuals



From Richard Florida's blog . . .

Is this the difference between academic and journalistic styles and norms? In my experience, academics are much tougher critics of ideas than journalists, but they tend to be more civil. That is, they want to take down an idea, not a person. So, they tend to restrict their criticisms to the realm of ideas and don't get into personal motivations and attacks. They are colleagues with many of the people they debate. Journalists are less concerned with ideas and principles. Their focus is on personal motivations. They see themselves as a check on the system and don't give a hoot if they hurt someone's feelings. It's just part of their job. For some, the goal is a personal take down; and in this day and age, that can get pretty nasty. Am I overdrawing this one — your thoughts?

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