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Friday, March 16, 2018

Reputation Era

Say goodbye to the information age: it’s all about reputation now

Gloria Origgi is an Italian philosopher, and a tenured senior researcher at CNRS (the French National Centre for Scientific Research) in Paris. Her latest book is Reputation: What It Is and Why It Matters (2017), translated by Stephen Holmes and Noga Arikha.
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Princeton University Press 
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1,200 words Edited by Nigel Warburton
Not faking it. From the Apollo 15 mission. <em>Photo NASA</em>
Not faking it. From the Apollo 15 mission. Photo NASA
There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the amount of information that circulates, the more we rely on so-called reputational devices to evaluate it. What makes this paradoxical is that the vastly increased access to information and knowledge we have today does not empower us or make us more cognitively autonomous. Rather, it renders us more dependent on other people’s judgments and evaluations of the information with which we are faced.

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