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“Publicity was once the exclusive property of men of rank. They alone, by virtue of their stations, could make things public. During the 18th century it became meaningful to talk about “public opinion” as something formed outside the state. Today anyone with a Twitter account can make a public. In this series IDEAS producer David Cayley examines how publics were formed in Europe, between 1500 and 1700, and how these early publics grew into the concept of “the public” that we hold today.”
“All of us today participate in imaginary communities that we call publics – our Ideas broadcast assembles a virtual community of listeners – a listening public. But there was a time when making things public was the exclusive property of men of rank. Matters of state, Queen Elizabeth I proclaimed to her subjects in 1559, were fit to be treated only by “men of authority” and conveyed only to audiences of “grave and discreet persons.” By the 18th century it had become meaningful to talk about public opinion as a sovereign power formed outside the state. What happened in the intervening years to make this revolution possible is
the subject of this Ideas series.”
- An introduction to Making Publics and to the Early Modern Period
- The Reformation
- Forms of Nationhood
- The Print Revolution
- Painting Modernity
- Elizabethan/Jacobean Theatre
- Theatre and Publics
- The Private Goes Public
- The Secret History of Domesticity
- Science and Its Publics
- Steps to a Public Sphere
- The News Revolution and the 18th Century Public Sphere
- Publics and Counterpublics
- The Public Sphere Today
You can find these episodes here.
- TVO’s Big Ideas: Lectures on a vast array of truly thought-expanding topics.
- CBC Radio’s Best of Ideas: Programs and interviews with original thinkers.
- ABC Radio’s Big Ideas: Cutting edge thought from leading thinkers.
- BBC Radio’s In Our Time: Examines history, art and science’s influence on society.
- ABC Radio’s Philosopher’s Zone: Current trends and relevant new ideas.
- National Public Ratio has a whole directory of podcasts, my favourite of which is, of course, Science Friday.
- Some personal favourites include Buddhist Geeks and Logically Critical.
“Mark Kingwell delivers a lecture on ‘Representations of the Intellectual in Everyday Life’. Has pop culture ruined the intellectual?”
If you would like to listen to this lecture by having iTunes connect to TVO’s Big Ideas podcast, click here.
If you would prefer to browse past episodes of TVO’s Big Ideas, click here.
- Edward Said’s ‘Representations of the Intellectual’ (study guide from Prof Seiler‘s ‘Controversial Non-Fiction‘ course).
- Controversies / Intellectuals / Civil Society, Michael Ignatief, Queen’s Quarterly 104 (Fall 1997), pp. 395-401(ibid).
The episode of the Simpsons that Prof Kingwell refers to in his lecture is episode nine of season twelve, called ‘HOMR.’ You can find it online here.
- Disadvantages of an Elite Education, William Deresiewicz (The American Scholar, summer 2008).
Our best universities have forgotten that the reason they exist is to make minds, not careers.