The Critic and the Thought Leader,


In his essay, “The Critic and the Thought Leader,” Anand Giridharadas criticizes a system that rewards “thought leaders” for “compromise”—for selling out to big business and profiting off “the easy idea” instead of tackling difficult systemic issues head-on (115). He believes that thought leaders are successful because they can “perform” and “hawk”; they can “productize” themselves and their ideas (Giridharadas 114). Giridharadas argues, in other words, that these though leaders forsake some authentic part of themselves or their ideas in order to conform to social expectations. Noë might be said to complicate this argument when he says that EVERY person is almost always in performance. The figure of the pop start is so important to this argument because the pop star shows that we are always projecting an image of ourselves to audiences, and that perhaps there is no such thing as authenticity as we might understand it. Their music always matters less than the image they project. Karen Ho’s investigation of the hegemony of Wall Street may be considered an example of extension of some of the ideas presented in Giridharadas when she argues that in order to be successful on Wall Street, young aspirants must become a member of a “generic” community that focuses on appearances and less on knowledge and know-how. Citing textual evidence from all three readings, compose an argument in response to the following question: If as Noe says that “personhood is performed” and that the desire to belong to communities may lead to performances that champions “the generic” as Ho indicates, then what is the role of authenticity in our lives, and how can it be, as Giridharadas says, “compromised”? Use ONLY the three sources below.

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It has to be one essay using all three sources provided

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