As many of you know, I’m fueled creatively by my massive hatred of David Brooks. David Zwieg has a great article taking down one of Bobo’s new money lines:
It was one thing if Brooks made erroneous claims in a one-off lecture. It was something else entirely to put those same claims in a book. Now I had to get to the bottom of this…
It’s a good, thorough piece that shows once again that facts are for the little people. It touches on Bobo’s immense popularity with totebaggers and about his big applause lines at Aspen and on “Morning Joe”.
Here’s my question though: are we living in a golden age of pseudointellectual charlatanism or have things always been like this? I’m not enough of a historian to know. Certainly, idiotic ideas like Spenglerism took hold and did more damage than Applebees apocrypha are likely to do. But I wonder if the cut-and-paste simplicity of the internet, plus more figures available than ever before, plus the TED industrial complex, plus an awe-inspiring level of innumeracy among both media elites and their ostensibly educated but intellectually mediocre audience have made a whole new kind of bullshit possible.