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Seldes discusses the commencement address he gave at -- on arts and communications. Quotes a faculty address given by William James in 1907 wherein he asks "what is the purpose of a college education?" "A college education should enable us to know a good man when we see one." Magazines are a competitor to education. The machinery of the communications arts is more powerful than the magazine was in 1907. We will have two kinds of education in the US: education through disciplines, and education through the entertainment arts. Snobbery, inverted snobbery. People who graduate from college should be warned that they will be suspected of "intellectualism." The Dreyfus Case. The people who forged evidence against Dreyfus are the actual traitors. No matter what the students do, they won't be able to escape the taint of being intellectuals.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71503
Municipal archives id: LT3089