08 June 2009

Who's an intellectual, then?

The newspaper The Weekender asked its readers to nominate people they thought were "intellectuals". Are these the same group that the Russians call the "intelligentsia"?

In any case, they received 148 nominations from their readers. Some of the nominations were rather dubious, but I was interested to see that the three that received the most nominations were:

  1. Mamphela Ramphele - 31 nominations
  2. Jonathan Jansen - 16 nominations
  3. Mary Metcalfe - 8 nominations

And I think I agree with those three.

Some of the others may be, but I suspect that some were nominated out of political or religious loyalty.

Can anyone suggest any others, either on The Weekender's list, or others not mentioned?

5 comments:

James Higham said...

Paris Hilton?

Tauratinzwe said...

AH, James, only in the USA ;-) Standards are a bit lower.

Steve Hayes said...

Paris Hilton? What about Steven Furrtick?

Matt Stone said...

Can one go lower than Paris Hilton?

Yewtree said...

When I saw the title of this post, I thought, "Me! Me! I'm an intellectual"

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