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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Tom Nichols, "The Death Of Expertise"


Tom Nichols has published the perfect book for current day America. It's called "The Death Of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge And Why It Matters." I enjoyed reading it so much I invited him onto my radio show so we could discuss:
  • The difference between fake news, propaganda, and mistakes;
  • The consequences of rejecting expertise;
  • The role social media plays in spreading false information;
  • How "trending stories" on Facebook aren't chosen by importance, but by popularity;
  • The demands for evidence that journalists should place on the people they interview;
  • What happens when experts are wrong (the "eggs will kill you" story);
  • How our current president fits into this dangerous phenomenon.
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