Moved and seconded

Great summation of the nature of discourse in the information age, especially online/social media:

I fear we are witnessing the “death of expertise”: a Google-fueled, Wikipedia-based, blog-sodden collapse of any division between professionals and laymen, students and teachers, knowers and wonderers – in other words, between those of any achievement in an area and those with none at all. 

By Tom Nichols

And new fuel for comment battles (which I do not partake in ever since being on IRC at 12, knowing how that goes and at a time in my life when I thought I knew much about the world but this was in fact true:

 the dumber you are [with regards to knowledge on an erudite subject – PJT], the more confident you are that you’re not actually dumb

by Cornell University psychologists David Dunning

(first new post in rebuilding blog, posted link in 26/01/2014 – 10:19 but found so pertinent today that had to add a few details)