Nadine O’Regan: When everyone’s an expert

When ill-informed social media posts have more sway over people’s behaviour than years of scientific research and expert advice, it’s time to go back to the drawing board

19th September, 2021
Nadine O’Regan: When everyone’s an expert
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When did we all decide to stop believing experts? Was there a memo I didn't get? Has a generation really grown up to believe that anyone who is an expert is now a de facto liar?

I say this with some exasperation and no small measure of disbelief this week, having discovered – in common with my fellow tweeters – that a new threat to good health in the western world has arrived. Step forward:...

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