I remember I remember a ‘cross over’ lecture by Chomsky, when his reputation as a political commentator was beginning to overtake his reputation as a linguist. (He made one mistake, okay? The ‘language acquisition device’ was a red herring. That’s what academics do – they posit theories to be tested and write about them. The […]
We don’t trust the media on issues we know about, because we are equipped to see the lies and the smears – and yet we tend to believe them on issues we don’t know so much about.