Universities: Do we trust them?

Really interesting piece by Tamson Pietsch - can universities continue to be the leaders in certifying expertise? I recently attended a fascinating workshop on trust and authenticity in interwar Britain. In a period that witnessed the crumbling of old certainties and the appearance of new forms of mass culture, communication and politics, the question of what was real and who could be trusted became a pressing concern. In a world in which everything seemed in…

David Weinberger: Too Big to Know

Here's a book I'm keen to read, that has recently been reviewed in Times Higher Education: The worry that we are being overwhelmed by information is not new. Five hundred years ago, the spread of printing presses led some thinkers to bemoan the mass reproduction of books and the negative impact it was having on learning. The rapid adoption of personal computers and the embedding of the internet in our work and personal lives have…