The Illusion of Understanding
By Danny Alpert and Kristin Pichaske
Not long ago, we had only a few sources of news: a newspaper in the morning, Walter Cronkite in the evening. Today, anyone can be a “journalist.” This has problematized a common mental foible known as the illusion of understanding: we tend to think we know a lot more about most things than we really do. With the decline of media gatekeepers how can we separate experts from amateurs and fact from fiction?