In an age when people have an overabundance of information at their fingertips, many Americans have embraced the idea that they can – and do – know as much about government as public policy experts. US Naval War College professor Tom Nichols presents a cogent thesis about what underpins this growing phenomenon of disdain for expertise. Nichols’s essay is an urgent, clarion call to urgently restore the symbiotic relationship between “ordinary citizens” and “intellectual elites.” While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends this analysis to anyone concerned about the state of open and constructive conversation in the United States.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why American society has rejected experts,
- What factors have contributed to this phenomenon and
- What affect this has on democracy.
About the Author
Tom Nichols is a professor of national security affairs at the US Naval War College.
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12 months agoThis summary hits the problem on the head. Looks to me the only way to solve the problem is to have credible expert-in -field curation of articles and hope the reputation of the posting website catches on....distinguishing itself from all those posting erroneous or fake news articles.
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