I will be attending the AEJMC annual conference this week in St. Louis. If you’re going to be there, drop by the History Division poster session on Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. This is the abstract for my paper:
One aspect of A.J. Liebling’s tenure as the press critic for The New Yorker that has not been previously explored is his role as an opponent of the anti-intellectual tendencies of American journalism. This paper examines all 82 of Liebling’s Wayward Press columns and finds that his essays regularly fit into the three categories of anti-intellectualism identified by Richard Hofstadter and codified by sociologist Daniel Rigney, as well as a fourth, new, category of anti-intellectualism endemic to professional journalism.
I’m embedding a pdf file of my handout, but it’s worth it to come see the full poster, and of course to say hi.
Liebling Poster Handout (pdf)