Week 9: TSIS

Original Paragraph (Hidden Intellectualism p.g. 247) : 

In one way, then, it would be hard to imagine an adolescence more thoroughly anti-intellectual than mine. Yet in retrospect, I see that it’s more complicated, that I and the 1950s themselves were not simply hostile toward intellectualism, but divided and ambivalent. When Marilyn Monroe married the playwright Arthur Miller in 1956 after divorcing the retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio, the symbolic triumph of geek over jock suggested the way the wind was blowing. Even Elvis, according to his biographer Peter Guralnick, turns out to have supported Adlai over Ike in the presidential election of 1956, “I don’t dig the intellectual bit, “ he told reporters. “But I’m telling you, man, he knows the most” (327). 

Dressed Down: 

It would be hard to imagine a teenager dumber than mine. Thinking back, I see that it’s harder, that adults were not simply rude toward smart people, but separated from them. When Marilyn Monroe married the playwright Arthur Miller in 1956 after divorcing the retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio, the change for geeks over jocks suggested a shift in ideologies. Even Elvis, according to his biographer Peter Guralnick, turns out to have supported Adlai over Ike in the presidential election of 1956, “I don’t dig the intellectual bit, “ he told reporters. “But I’m telling you, man, he knows the most” (327).

Dressed up: 

In one way, then, it would be difficult to conceptualize an adolescence more thoroughly anti-intellectual than my own. Yet in retrospect, I see that it’s more arduous, that I and the 1950s themselves were not straightforwardly hostile toward intellectualism, but divided and ambivalent. When Marilyn Monroe married the playwright Arthur Miller in 1956 after divorcing the retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio, the symbolic triumph of geek over jock suggested the way the wind was blowing. Even Elvis, according to his biographer Peter Guralnick, turns out to have supported Adlai over Ike in the presidential election of 1956, “I don’t dig the intellectual bit, “ he told reporters. “But I’m telling you, man, he knows the most” (327).

Combination: 

In one way, then, it would be hard to imagine an adolescence more thoroughly anti-intellectual than mine. Thinking back, I see that it’s more arduous, that I and the 1950s themselves were not simply hostile toward intellectualism, but divided and ambivalent. When Marilyn Monroe married the playwright Arthur Miller in 1956 after divorcing the retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio, the change for geeks over jocks suggested a shift in ideologies. Even Elvis, according to his biographer Peter Guralnick, turns out to have supported Adlai over Ike in the presidential election of 1956, “I don’t dig the intellectual bit, “ he told reporters. “But I’m telling you, man, he knows the most” (327).

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