Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Philosopher Henry Giroux (Finally) Gets Some Shine at Rolling Stone

Philosopher Henry Giroux has a featured interview at Rolling Stone. He is one of the most important and critical voices in this time of trouble and tumult. Dr. Giroux is also a friend of the website and the podcast The Chauncey DeVega Show. His episode can be found at this link.

Dr. Giroux's work on critical pedagogy, neoliberalism, the culture of cruelty, necropolitics, and the surveillance society has been a great influence on my own thinking and writing. When I write, give talks, or engage in other acts of public pedagogy, I think of myself as trying to "show my work" and improvising around a melody. As such, I want the reader/listener to see my foundational assumptions and the veins of thought that inform my argument. Unfortunately, I am (re)discovering during this election season that too many members of the chattering classes and punditry do not hold themselves to that most basic of standards. To wit. There was another moment last week where I read a a piece in a journal of record, shook my head, and said, "damn folks love to 'echo' my work, but they most certainly do not love to give me a citation."

In all, the spectacle and human zoo of the 2016 Trump election season has featured much bloviating but very little critical analysis by the Fourth Estate and the corporate news media. This is not a surprise given how Trump's meta game has broken an already corrupt and illegitimate American news media ecosystem. We should still be concerned even if the problem is an obvious one.

A question. Besides Dr. Giroux (who the mainstream 24/7 cable news media is deathly afraid of) and Noam Chomsky (another person who is on the same enemies list) what other critical voices are currently M.I.A. or persona non grata at places like CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and the other mainstream news media outlets? In a perfect world who would you like to see more of?

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