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Expertise actually matters

When you’re an historian, or present yourself as one, it’s expected that you know what you’re talking about. But it turns out that Naomi Wolf’s new book,¬†Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love, is premised on her misunderstanding of a Victorian term.

Not only that — but Wolf learns of her mistake¬†live, on-air, during a radio interview.

OUCH.

 

2 Responses to “Expertise actually matters”

  1. Joe Stafford Says:

    Irony being what it is, we now live in a world where a high schooler might have made the same discovery without much difficulty. If not for you, in 1993 I would not have become a relatively early adopter of computer and online access technology. Fast forward to the late two-thousand oughts I was adept enough with technology to complete a degree from a 4 year school and get another great job doing what I love to do. While a Rutgers University undergrad, I spent a semester (the whole 16 credits) in evaluating outcomes in the revolution of health care systems. A revolution still in progress. One of the key articles that I relied on had a glaring error in a chart. When I finally confirmed the error, I emailed the publisher at a major California University. The article was already two years old, within a day I received an email from one of the lead physicians thanking me for my discovery and how it had been overlooked for so long. To this day, I go back to the PDF with the error and the revised copy and smile. I was the first person to see the mistake. The article is still heavily cited on every level of study.

  2. Dan Says:

    It gives me a fine, clean, feeling to see someone working with FACTS again. Do you suppose it will catch on?

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