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Who gets to define what?

I’m still not on social media. Perhaps I am not fulfilling my obligation to our society by attempting to bring balance to the issues amongst the din, but I think I will just do that through direct contacts. A couple of things I have read in the last few years have helped shape my views on the role social media plays in our world. Warning, these views are presented by a grumpy, tail-end baby boomer.

An appropriate article for this subject was published a few years back in the Federalist by Tom Nichols, “The Death of Expertise”. If you Google it, it will come right up (and, therein lies the problem). Nichols rightfully bemoans the transition from being guided by true experts to the current condition of “everyone’s opinion matters”. He also points out we have transitioned from “you’re wrong” to “you’re stupid”. My Google comment above? That refers to the fact that many of the so-called experts on social media are educated at the University of Google, with no requirements for legitimacy of their arguments, creating new opportunities for defining the term non-sequitur every day.

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