Talking about Idiocracy has gotten me thinking about how we may really be headed in that direction.
I've talked about the movie Idiocracy. Looking around to see who else is talking about it, I ran across this blog posting: When democracy of opinion prevails over expertise, saddled dinosaurs did not sink Noah's ark. The author, Matt Buckley-Golder, makes some rather insightful comments on an article in Esquire magazine that I had not seen before, "Greetings from Idiot America."
I discuss this all in Truthiness and the Triumph of Opinion over Expertise. My general theme is that experts should be respected as experts, something that seems to be happening less over time or at least less often and to a lesser extent than it should be. As Matt describes, "becoming a genuine expert [is becoming] less attractive." I agree with that concern, and the trend shouldn't be the case.
Who are you listening to? Are they really an expert? Or are they just spouting uninformed opinions?