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Jul
09

WaPo Highlights the Increasing "Clout" of Online Blowhards

And this explains exactly what is wrong with our ‘online expert’ culture. The average person is no longer able to distinguish between bona fide expertise and the pseudo-status of online bigmouths whose absolute conviction in the correctness of their opinion and their right to blare it all over the Internet now replaces decades spent trying to thoroughly understand a subject so you can speak with authority. Now posters ‘speak with authority’ on myriads of topics without doing the hard work to really understand any of them. The rise of the online lay expert has real-life negative consequences in medicine, politics, science, etc. where any rube who has read a book and devised a personal theory can expound at length on dangers of vaccines, the coming socialist new order or any of a litany of semi-literate populist causes. This sort of ‘clout’ is not something to celebrate.

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