The Internet gathers factoids and half- baked ideas, and it then splays all that bad information and poor reasoning all over the electronic world. (Imagine what the 1920s would have sounded like if every crank in every small town had his own radio station.) Maybe it’s not that people are any dumber or any less willing to listen to experts than they were a hundred years ago: it’s just that we can hear them all now.

– Tom Nichols, The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters (2017)

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