A debate about a Review Essay in NYT

Posted by sepoy on November 29, 2011 · 35 mins read

Below the fold, a twitter-based debate on a review essay in NYT.


Babu | November 29, 2011

As I mentioned to @sepoy yesterday over email (no tweet from this tuti-yi hind), #rorystewart is also 74th on Foreign Policy mag's hot new list of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers": http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/11/28/the_fp_top_100_global_thinkers?page=0,44#thinker74 Full list here: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/2011globalthinkers It's a strange list, really... at first I thought it was going to mean "Global" in the old West n' Rest sense of "anyone not from US or Europe", especially after seeing the first 8-10 names were almost all associated with recent Arab revolutions, all tied for the No. 1 spot. But then I see Ben Bernanke. Huh? And Obama... and... and... this can't be serious... DICK FUCKING CHENEY. And CONDI RICE. And a whole host of other people I would never associate with any sort of intellectualism whatsoever (well, maybe Obama). John McCain at No. 51, AHEAD of Thomas Friedman, and even Mr. Stewart? Influential, yes. Powerful, most certainly. But thinkers? I think not. W.T.F?