A tremendous talmid chacham, the Rebbetzin's Husband (who shall, for reasons best known to himself, be hereinafter referred to as "the Torch."), wrote a post with a very interesting theory about the the recent meteoric rise of the "anti-intellectual" and "anti-academic" likes of Chabad, Breslov, and Rav Amnon Yitzchak. Among other explanations, he theorized that we may be attracted to such movements and rabbis today because we feel that we cannot compete with the academics and intellectuals on their playing field. We therefore look to the mystical and spiritual so that we will not feel we have to compete with the academics on their "turf."
The highly intellectual Alter Rebbe explained in the fourth perek of Tanya that the only way to attach oneself to Hashem, which is the purpose of life, is through actually and halachically fulfilling the mitzvos and learning Torah. No amount of emotion, dancing, shukeling, singing, guitar-playing, love, or prayer can create an attachment between a finite human being and the infinite G-d by itself. The only thing that can bridge the gap is something which is also infinite. The Torah (and the mitzvos which mean carrying out of the words of the Torah) and Hashem are one, according to the Zohar. By learning Torah and doing mitzvos, one is therefore connecting himself to the Infinite G-d.
While one is rewarded for fulfilling the mitzvos and studying Torah without emotion, dancing, prayer, excitement, or love, this is not the ultimate goal. In order to truly connect to Hashem, one must learn the Torah and do its mitzvos with love and awe of G-d.
If the people in the video here, and all of the Chabadniks and Breslovers out there keep halacha and learn Torah, then their avodah is much higher than the cold, intellectual buildings in the sky constructed by orthodox academics.
The Torch, in the comments, commented that the quotes from A Simple Jew's post on How to Be a Breslover Chassid proved that Breslov is anti-academic because "[s]tudy of the teachings is geared toward learning practical lessons," presumably as opposed to the preferable study of Rebbe Nachman for the sake of intellectually understanding his philosophy.
I happen to know that the Torch personally is not a cold intellectual at all (in the perjorative sense - He is a genius, a masmid, a tremendous talmid chacham, and a warm and caring Jew). Lulei d'mistefina, I would say that I am perplexed that he would write as if passionate halachic Judaism were not preferable to academic-style Judaism.