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intellectualism shapes the particular individual and the culture. First, the process of mediatisation of expertise produces a different formation of knowledge than that generated from universities. The material derived from the public intellectual is of contested value: it is sometimes denigrated by academia, but celebrated in the wider media sphere. Second, the visibility of intellectuals has changed through the different permeability, flow and movement of information that online culture has permitted and the slightly different ways in which more traditional media find, transform and exploit the intellectuals’ knowledge and position. Third, there is a process of celebrification that has always imbued the presence of our thought leaders when they present and are presented in the media that transforms them into very particular public personas. This issue of MIA explores the nature and role of the public intellectual. It investigates their role in Australian culture (and thereby updates the previous flurry of writing on Australian public intellectuals in the 1990s, best articulated by Dessaix’s Speaking Their Minds (1998)). It examines transnational public intellectualism, as well as comparative studies into how intellectuals are employed differently in different national cultures, and builds on the growing international literature on public intellectuals to provide some fresh insights around the intersection of media and public persona.