Or should I say letting people claim to be experts and share their opinions with the world and his wife whether they know anything about the subject or not.
It’s very easy these days for someone to be very popular amongst an online community without ever having ventured outside “their small dark office” (a line from The Social Network). There are many such individuals out there and you’ve probably met some … you know, the self-proclaimed expert who is ready to offer an opinion on absolutely everything and rubbishes anyone who dares challenge their views.
Let me give you an example, time and time again I come across people out there that research something on the web and then share their views as an expert opinion, is this really an expert opinion?
Whilst you’re thinking about the answer, let me give you another example, look at these two pictures of exactly the same scene… same car, same street, same time:
Okay, some disclosure, I took one of these can you guess which? Now, just because I can take a picture doesn’t make me a photographer… and unfortunately in my case not even a gifted amateur.
The point I’m trying to make is that it takes years of doing something over and over again to develop the skills and knowledge to become an expert and even when you become one there is still more you can learn.
I’ll finish this post with a great quote from @MartijnLinssen … the “know it all” paradox…
What if you had wisdom and truly knew all? To everyone else, that would be just another opinion…