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May 20, 2015

If you become indignant, this elevates you to the plane of "intellectual."


When he denounced the war in Vietnam, Chomsky put on the requisite display of utter ignorance and thereby became a leading American intellectual.
One of the things that I find really makes it worth watching all the Academy Awards, all the Emmys, all those awards ceremonies, is to see how today's actors and television performers have discovered the formula. If you become indignant, this elevates you to the plane of "intellectual." No mental activity is required. It is a rule, to which there has never been an exception, that when an actor or a television performer rises up to the microphone at one of these awards ceremonies and expresses moral indignation over something, he illustrates Marshall McLuhan's dictum that "moral indignation is a standard strategy for endowing the idiot with dignity." Tom Wolfe Commencement Address

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 20, 2015 12:05 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I wonder how indignant they'd get after a good hard punch in the face? Be spittin' teeth like Chickets and going "ung, ung" trying to sputter indignation.

Celebrate Assholes Get a Punch in the Face Day. early and often.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 20, 2015 8:33 AM

Worth reading the whole thing.

Posted by: StephenB [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 20, 2015 9:12 AM

Stephen: yes, worth the read. Wolfe is a good writer.
I gotta say, that hat puts me off a bit.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 21, 2015 12:17 AM

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