Academics can hit the X Factor with an appreciation for pop culture

“… So how is this relevant to universities? Well, third-level colleges need at all times to promote and encourage excellence in learning and scholarship. Therefore, intellectually they must present themselves as elite institutions. On the other hand, we cannot and must not be elite socially, and if we adopt the cultural icons and idioms of the upper middle classes we cannot hope to be open and inclusive. But it’s more difficult still than that. We need to do more than just learn a little about popular culture; we need to have some understanding of it …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 17 November]

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