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The Death of Expertise
The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters | Tom Nichols
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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 The Death of Expertise, 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. The Death of Expertise 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.
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BookishMarginalia
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An important, thought-provoking read about the dire implications of Americans‘ willful ignorance of issues and dismissal of expertise.

Leftcoastzen I have been wanting to read this for a long time.Stacked! 6mo
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taraWritesSci
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A must read that will likely make you cringe and piss you off before getting to a place where the author points out how he too is guilty of the problems covered at some point in his life/career.

My recommendation is to patiently read/listen all the way through as chapter six and the conclusion bring it all together in the author's admissions and understanding. He's not as one-sided or blind to the problems of today as he initially sounds.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think I need to read this one! 7mo
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rabbitprincess
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An important book that, sadly, will probably not be read by the people who most need to read it. Hoping to read more history about other parts of the world and learn more about more things. I will also exercise my vote with a greater vengeance than I do, especially at the municipal level.

rwmg Isn't that true of so many books, that thise who most need to read them, won't? 2y
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 4! With the rise of the internet, there has been an equalizing of access to knowledge and a lowered-bar on the required depth of knowledge to be an "expert" on a subject. From vaccines to GMOs, poorly-informed debates now rage, where "fact" has become subjective. WebMD makes people medical experts and Wikipedia experts in international relations. The whats and the whys are explored in this book. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook ?

rabbitprincess I've requested this from the library! Should be interesting/frustrating. 2y
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SarahSDavis
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A little late to draw this up, but here's my March 2017 TBR list. Have you read any of these? Are any of them on your list?

Josie Dark Matter was pretty good! 3y
TrishB I have A List of Cages on my tbr! 3y
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SarahSDavis
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Currently reading!

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