Saturday, August 08, 2015
"Academics and industry experts are not only trusted content creators, they are also the most credible spokespersons in shaping opinions of a company."
So says a new study based on the Edelman Trust Barometer.
The main point of the study is that the public trusts search engines more than the press or the company. The connection is that search engines can bring to the fore the assessments of people who are both informed (academics and industry experts) and, at the same time, not primarily trying to make a profit or shape opinion with their knowledge.
This is great news for those who want public discourse to be based on actual knowledge, not just opinion asserted as knowledge.
Friday, August 07, 2015
Of all the disturbing things said at the GOP debate, the one that bothers me the most is Mr. Trump's claim that he gives money to politicians so they have to do what he wants. The other candidates are hoping to attract a corrupt and greedy billionaire to fund their campaigns. Mr. Trump is the source of corruption himself, and is proud of it.