The Death Of Expertise

The Death of Expertise
Publisher Oxford University Press
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Category Education, Higher
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780190469412
Rating 3.5/5 from 11 reviews
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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.

The Death of Expertise
  • Author : Tom Nichols
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2017

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,

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The Death of Expertise
  • Author : Tom Nichols
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-02-01

Technology and increasing levels of education have exposed people to more information than ever before. 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

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The Death of Expertise
  • Author : Tom Nichols
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-02-01

Technology and increasing levels of education have exposed people to more information than ever before. 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

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The Crisis of Expertise
  • Author : Gil Eyal
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2019-10-24

In recent political debates there has been a significant change in the valence of the word “experts” from a superlative to a near pejorative, typically accompanied by a recitation of experts’ many failures and misdeeds. In topics as varied as Brexit, climate change and vaccinations there is a palpable mistrust

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The Death of Public Knowledge
  • Author : Aeron Davis
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2017-06-02

A collection of short, sharp essays exploring the value of shared and accessible public knowledge in the face of its erosion.

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Twilight of the Elites
  • Author : Christopher Hayes
  • Publisher : Broadway Books
  • Release Date : 2013

Analyzes scandals in high-profile institutions, from Wall Street and the Catholic Church to corporate America and Major League Baseball, while evaluating how an elite American meritocracy rose throughout the past half-century before succumbing to unprecedented levels of corruption and failure. 75,000 first printing.

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The Death of the Artist
  • Author : William Deresiewicz
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Release Date : 2020-07-28

A deeply researched warning about how the digital economy threatens artists' lives and work—the music, writing, and visual art that sustain our souls and societies—from an award-winning essayist and critic There are two stories you hear about earning a living as an artist in the digital age. One

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Assembling Exclusive Expertise
  • Author : Anna Leander,Ole Waever
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-07-06

This book looks at the worlding of the Global South in the process of assembling conflict resolution expertise. Anna Leander, Ole Wæver and their contributors pursue this ambition by following the experts, institutions, databases and creative expressions that are assembled into conflict resolution expertise in the Global South. Expertise

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Itineraries of Expertise
  • Author : Andra Chastain,Timothy Lorek
  • Publisher : University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Release Date : 2020-03-17

Itineraries of Expertise contends that experts and expertise played fundamental roles in the Latin American Cold War. While traditional Cold War histories of the region have examined diplomatic, intelligence, and military operations and more recent studies have probed the cultural dimensions of the conflict, the experts who constitute the focus

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Think for Yourself
  • Author : Vikram Mansharamani
  • Publisher : Harvard Business Press
  • Release Date : 2020-06-16

We've outsourced too much of our thinking. How do we get it back? Have you ever followed your GPS device to a deserted parking lot? Or unquestioningly followed the advice of an expert—perhaps a doctor or financial adviser—only to learn later that your own thoughts and doubts were

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Anti Intellectualism in American Life
  • Author : Richard Hofstadter
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2012-01-04

Winner of the 1964 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction Anti-Intellectualism in American Life is a book which throws light on many features of the American character. Its concern is not merely to portray the scorners of intellect in American life, but to say something about what the intellectual is, and can be,

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Printer s Error
  • Author : Rebecca Romney,J. P. Romney
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2017-03-14

A funny and entertaining history of printed books as told through absurd moments in the lives of authors and printers, collected by television’s favorite rare-book expert from HISTORY’s hit series Pawn Stars. Since the Gutenberg Bible first went on sale in 1455, printing has been viewed as one of

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The Shipwrecked Mind
  • Author : Mark Lilla
  • Publisher : New York Review of Books
  • Release Date : 2016-09-06

We don’t understand the reactionary mind. As a result, argues Mark Lilla in this timely book, the ideas and passions that shape today’s political dramas are unintelligible to us. The reactionary is anything but a conservative. He is as radical and modern a figure as the revolutionary, someone

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Mass Appeal
  • Author : Justin Gest
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2020

Public policy education is oriented around the development of innovative ideas for how to improve governance and make society better. However, it undervalues a critical tool for translating policy ideas into action: the ability to communicate ideas broadly, strategically, and effectively. Drawing on his past frustration with translating his research

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The Death of Noah Glass
  • Author : Gail Jones
  • Publisher : Text Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-04-02

Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, The Death of Noah Glass is a touching portrait of love, loss and regret, now available in a smaller, competitively priced edition.

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