Blogs and the attention market for public intellectuals

Jeremy Freese*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Public intellectuals are successful suppliers of commentary in the attention market for serious thought. Blogs are a relatively new technology that substantially alters this market. More people can now nurse aspirations to be public intellectuals, but blogs also make plain the difficulties of actually reaching a public in ways that books do not. Blogs also vitiate other romantic ideas about the public intellectual as transcendent figure. Even so, blogs may well provide the services for which transcendent public intellectuals are often lauded better than these figures ever did.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-48
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Attention markets
  • Blogs
  • Internet
  • Public intellectuals
  • Public sphere

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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