Issues Public Experts Face

Your Paper is a Brick in a Wall

Wharton’s Ethan Mollick is one of my favorite Twitter follows, and I’m hardly alone — Mollick summarizes tons of interesting papers that I would have otherwise missed. Like these two:

For Mollick, the upshot of these papers is clear: We hate hard thinking/being alone with our selves so much that we would rather act sadistically or hurt ourselves than do it

and that is a bad thing, obviously leading to idiocracy.…

Why Official Expertise Sucks (And Why That’s OK)

Public expertise on the pandemic from officials (e.g., WHO’s Maria Van Kerkhove) and official bodies (e.g., WHO, CDC, FDA) has pretty much sucked. Most people agree with this statement.

Most also agree: These officials and official bodies must do better!

What if “doing better” isn’t possible for official expertise?…

Climate Change for the Information Commons

You can’t say you weren’t warned.

Here are some excerpts from a recent Digiday interview with an anonymous young journalist now working at a tech company, headlined “’Not on me to save the media industry’: Confessions of an early-career journalist leaving the industry”:

I saw your recent announcement that you were leaving your job at a legacy news publication?