Sunday, June 30, 2013

What is Smart? Are you? Hidden Intellectualism by Gerard Graff/Relations

Behind every man and woman is an intellectual whether you see it or not. To see things in a way that is unseen to the average person would categorize that person as special or an intellectual. We see things whether it is reading a book or watching a movie differently from others of different intellectual capacities. The basis of this article Hidden Intellectualism by Gerard Graff is the explanation of Intellectuals and how they look at things from different perspectives. If it’s grammatically correct intellectuals or if it’s the intellectuals that can play a difficult video game very well, they are considered to be intellectuals. Through sports books and magazines Gerard learned that  all of these legends and idols you look up to could be the most unlikely of intellectuals meaning even you can be an intellectual. If it’s street smarts, or comprehensive readers and writers, the way to intellectualism is and has always been inside of you, you just have to dig deep and reach out and grab it.

            I read this article Hidden Intellectualism at my house. It took me two days to read it, and I read it twice to carefully examine the article. I made dinner and was working on the first day, but the second day, devoted the rest of the time to the blog. When Graff states at the end of this article: “Give me the student anytime who writes a sharply argued, sociologically acute analysis of an issue in Source over the student who writes a lifeless application of Hamlet or Socrates’ Apology”. (Page 205) he means that if you take a student who is interested in his/her work, they will not only learn more, but benefit more from that work because they have an interest in that work opposed to something that is uninteresting to them. In conclusion, most of all, what I learned about this piece is that even if you think that you might be the most intellectual person on earth, it doesn’t matter as long as you see yourself as an intellectual or comfortable in your own skin for that matter, and maybe learn something in the process whether it be from the work in general or about yourself,  that’s all that counts.   


  1. A decent review me and im glad you broke down page 205 because I had a bit of trouble understanding it

  2. Not bad, Joseph.

    But your sumnmary never states exactly what Graff means by "intellectualism," and that's a main point. Also, toward the end, you're telling me more about what you learned than about your reading experience :-/