In the October 2005 issue of Prospect Magazine they announced their competition featuring “the top 100 world public intellectuals”.
After all, why should populist television have it all its own way with its obsession with top 100, top 50 and top 10 lists?
Well there are pros and cons to Prospect’s list. As the magazine itself admits its competition is rather nebulous and also it is UK-American centric in that the collaborator is an American magazine called Foreign Policy.
That’s the downside. Still, it should be fun to see whom readers vote for because the list is just so odd!
It includes such diverse figures as Pope Benedict XVI, Germaine Greer, and Paul Wolfowitz. Now that would make a good tea party.
The Prospect list follows on from the 24 September 2005 issue of the BBC’s Radio Times revealing that in their readers poll for the smartest people on television, Stephen Fry came first, Carol Vorderman second, and eighth equal with Ian Hislop was Lisa Simpson!