Episode 844: Movies About Old Hollywood

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  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    The discussion of “credentialed expertise” reminded me of the distinction between experts and “experts”:
    I read film critics, who help guide what I watch, but there’s not much way to distinguish between the different kinds of “experts” in criticism of subjective art. So perhaps I just read film critics because other people read them and this provides common resources for communication (even if that communication consists of expressing our disagreement with various critics on certain films). In a different equilibrium we could be reading an entirely different set of “experts” with completely different output and there would be no objective way to determine which set was good or bad.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      To some extent, I see where you’re coming from regarding art (though I still think someone schooled in film and its history can offer a lot in terms of context). But I don’t want to dismiss the distrust conservatives feel toward experts in more concrete and consequential areas, from climate to gender and plenty other topics.

      – David

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