The death of expertise: the campaign against established knowledge and why it matters

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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 and all voices demand to be taken with equal seriousness, and any claim to the contrary is dismissed as undemocratic elitism. Tom Nichols shows 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 notes 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.
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title_display The death of expertise : the campaign against established knowledge and why it matters
title_full The Death of Expertise The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
The death of expertise : the campaign against established knowledge and why it matters / Tom Nichols
The death of expertise [electronic resource] : the campaign against established knowledge and why it matters / Tom Nichols
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Internet
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Philosophy
Political aspects
Sociology