Real expertise has never been more necessary. It’s time to speak up.
When some clever person first came up with the term “armchair expert”, he or she (or they) probably meant to conjure the image of someone sitting in a living room, railing against some horn-rimmed academic on their TV — passionately opinionated but with no real knowledge on the subject. “Armchair expert” was probably meant as a criticism — a personality flaw, not a LinkedIn-ready job title. And yet, here we are. I mean, people were turning to podcaster Joe Rogan for Covid vaccination advice.