(THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF MY PROFESSORIAL INSTALLATION SPEECH GIVEN AT AT UPPSALA UNIVERSITY ON NOVEMBER 16, 2011. AS IS THE CUSTOM, THE INTENDED AUDIENCE FOR THESE INSTALLATION TALKS IS BROAD AND NON-ACADEMIC.)
Professor Christian Christensen, Media & Communication Studies
Professorial Installation Talk
Uppsala University, Sweden (November 16, 2011)
In 1967, in a piece entitled The Responsibility of Intellectuals, Noam Chomsky wrote the following:
It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and to expose lies. This, at least, may seem enough of a truism to pass over without comment. Not so, however. For the modern intellectual, it is not at all obvious.
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