Artists as Public Intellectuals: The Drumpf Edition

This winter I was invited to revisit a piece I wrote in graduate school for the journal CultureWork on the role of artists as public intellectuals (“Recognizing Artists As Public Intellectuals,” 2006). It was just published and the timing couldn’t be better, following on the heel’s of this weekend’s reports on the 2017 White House Correspondence Dinner – those in attendance and those who abstained. My original essay uses Stephen Colbert’s address at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (2006) as one example of artists’ contributions to culture as political and social commentators. That’s worth a re-view too, if you have 16 minutes and 53 seconds to spare.

It’s not easy to say something in 500 words or less but I gave it a shot. If you can’t imagine the “first 100 days” without Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, and Seth Meyers, you might like this quick read.

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