May 28, 2008
Last week, Intellectual Affairs gave the recent cable TV miniseries “Sex: The Revolution” a nod of recognition, however qualified, for its possible educational value. The idea that sex has a history is not, as such, self-evident. The series covers the changes in attitudes and norms between roughly 1950 and 1990 through interviews and archival footage. Most of this flies past at a breakneck speed, alas. The past becomes a hostage of the audience’s presumably diminished attention span.
May 21, 2008
Are cable TV writers cribbing from Foucault? Not exactly. But Scott McLemee is keeping an eye on them anyway.
May 14, 2008
Looking for an affordable word processor that will also help you stay focused? Scott McLemee goes low-tech.
May 7, 2008
How did the life and work of the American philosopher interact? Scott McLemee interviews one of the "new sociologists of ideas"....
April 23, 2008
How do military reservists balance the two sides of being "citizen-soldiers"? Scott McLemee asks the researchers.
April 16, 2008
A forthcoming book takes a fresh perspective on how poststructuralism conquered America. Scott McLemee checks it out.
April 9, 2008
A polemical book takes aim at African-American public intellectuals. Scott McLemee represents....
April 2, 2008
Readers come up with names for the era now winding down. And Scott McLemee looks back on it all....