The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters

September 11, 2018|
The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters by Tom Nichols
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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 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. Tom Nichols'' The Death of Expertise shows how this rejection of experts has occurred: 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, among other reasons. 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. When ordinary citizens believe that no one knows more than anyone else, democratic institutions themselves are danger of falling either to populism or to technocracy - or in the worst case, a combination of both. A breakout hit immediately upon its original publication in early 2017, Nichols has updated this paperback edition to cover the alarming exacerbation of these trends in the year and a half since Donald Trump''s election. Judging from events on the ground since it first published, The Death of Expertise''s a warning about the stability and survival of modern democracy in the Information Age is even more important today.
Tom Nichols is Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, an adjunct professor at the Harvard Extension School, and a former aide in the U.S. Senate. He is also the author of several works on foreign policy and international security affairs, including The Sacred Cause, No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National...
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Title:The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:272 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:272 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.68 in
Published:September 11, 2018
Publisher:OUP
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780190865979

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