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People are now exposed to more information than ever before, provided both by technology and by increasing access to every level of education. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues. Today, everyone knows everything: with only a quick trip through WebMD or Wikipedia, average citizens believe themselves to be on an equal intellectual footing with doctors and diplomats. All voices, even the most ridiculous, demand to be taken with equal seriousness, and any claim to the contrary is dismissed as undemocratic elitism.
As Tom Nichols shows in <em>The Death of Expertise</em>, this rejection of experts has occurred for many reasons, including the openness of the internet, the emergence of a customer satisfaction model in higher education, and the transformation of the news industry into a 24-hour entertainment machine. Paradoxically, the increasingly democratic dissemination of information, rather than producing an educated public, has instead created an army of ill-informed and angry citizens who denounce intellectual achievement.
Nichols has deeper concerns than the current rejection of expertise and learning, noting that when ordinary citizens believe that no one knows more than anyone else, democratic institutions themselves are in danger of falling either to populism or to technocracy-or in the worst case, a combination of both. <em>The Death of Expertise</em> is not only an exploration of a dangerous phenomenon but also a warning about the stability and survival of modern democracy in the Information Age.
The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters Thomas M. Nichols
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Pegoda praised Nichols for not conflating expertise with credentials, and, while avowing that the book has some shortcomings, it has the "potential to start more important conversations".These events happened for several reasons, but Nichols' purpose is to focus on a prevailing notion that the students know and the academics don't, with attendant yelling and screaming in their direction, the latter being a current feature of some university encounters.There are many other points Nichols makes, but I have spent time on this one because of my own personal experience as an adult educator who wanted to make himself an expert, who occasionally taught at universityIf you havent tried it yet, please sample Axios, a smart new source that began in JanuaryStill, there is a serious crisis of authority in not only the United States (although the affliction is largely here) that says an opinion is as good as factDespite what most people think, experts and policy makers are not the same peopleGiven an inexhaustible buffet of facts, rumors, lies, serious analysis, crackpot speculation and outright propaganda to browse online, it becomes easy for one to succumb to confirmation bias the tendency, as Nichols puts it, to look for information that only confirms what we believe, to accept facts that only strengthen our preferred explanations, and to dismiss data that challenge what we accept as truth.Citizens of all political persuasions (not to mention members of the Trump administration) can increasingly live in their own news media bubbles, consuming only views similar to their own 07f867cfac