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8: Culture of the Expert

Pages 117-121

Adam Ramsey

on 16 April 2010

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Transcript of 8: Culture of the Expert

The Culture of the Expert Ben Stein
Expert "Risk as we have seen, is about the interpretation of signs, where the signs suggest danger" (117). "In risk culture, therefore, even the private speech of the expert becomes a critical component of public discourse" (118). "However, even experts are not always in agreement" (118). The 'experts' construct information by weeding out the 'useless' components. They revise and represent the data for public consumption... That is, data and constructed storylines of risk become public messages" (118). "Expert advice leads to political, administrative and social policy. That is, the culture of the expert is central not only to the recognition and public awareness of risks, but also to practices that are used to avoid or minimalize them" (120).
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