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EnO-300x225Traditionally there’s only one unforgivable crime in British society: to rise above your station. The cynicism directed at pop stars who decide to “get involved” is fuelled by the usual combination of envy and small-mindedness—but is justified by the argument, “Well what could (s)he possibly know about it?”

This mindset assumes that there are experts who know, and then the rest of us who don’t. But it’s increasingly hard to support: as information flows more freely, expertise becomes commonplace. If we all have access to the information, then what matters is…

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