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the campaign against established knowledge and why it matters

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An edition of The death of expertise (2017)

The death of expertise

the campaign against established knowledge and why it matters

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A cult of anti-expertise sentiment has coincided with anti-intellectualism, resulting in massively viral yet poorly informed debates ranging from the anti-vaccination movement to attacks on GMOs. As Tom Nichols shows in The Death of Expertise, there are a number of reasons why this has occurred-ranging from easy access to Internet search engines to a customer satisfaction model within higher education.

"Thanks to technological advances and increasing levels of education, we have access to more information than ever before. Yet rather than ushering in a new era of enlightenment, the information age has helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitananism 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 and distrust experts. 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."--Jacket.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The death of expertise
Experts and citizens
How conversation became exhausting
Higher education : the customer is always right
Let me google that for you : how unlimited information is making us dumber
The "new" new journalism, and lots of it
When the experts are wrong
Conclusion: Experts and democracy.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Dewey Decimal Class
303.48/33
Library of Congress
HM851 .N54 2017, LC191.4

The Physical Object

Pagination
xv, 252 pages
Number of pages
252

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Open Library
OL27231872M
Internet Archive
deathofexpertise0000nich
ISBN 10
0190469412
ISBN 13
9780190469412
LCCN
2016037219
OCLC/WorldCat
965120125, 1059519093

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