The problem with stupid: ignorance, intellectuals, post-truth and resistance

Grimwood, Tom ORCID logo ORCID: (2023) The problem with stupid: ignorance, intellectuals, post-truth and resistance. Zer0 Books, Winchester, UK. Item availability may be restricted.

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In the past two decades, the rise of a particular commonplace in public debate has emerged on both the Left and Right: the threat of 'the stupid.' Far from a throwaway ad hominem, stupidity has become a key trope for both explaining and criticising the election results, culture wars and the advances of post-truth. But how do we negotiate 'the stupid' in a meaningful way? Does critique and resistance depend on the mobilisation of intellect, and what does the prevalence of stupidity as a commonplace suggest about the risks of such a mobilisation? What are the resources to work through it outside of condemnation or insult? Taking 'the stupid' as a primary figure in today's cultural rhetoric, Tom Grimwood uses internet memes, film and media, alongside philosophical inquiry, to present a series of interventions in the assumptions of what makes 'the stupid' dangerous and how to move beyond these assumptions into effective resistance.

Item Type: Book
Publisher: Zer0 Books
ISBN: 9781803410760
Departments: Centre for Research in Health and Society (CRIHS)
Institute of Health > Psychology and Psychological Therapies
Depositing User: Tom Grimwood
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2022 09:22
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2024 16:37
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