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Rise of the thought leader

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Science  07 Apr 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6333, pp. 35
DOI: 10.1126/science.aam7400

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The Ideas Industry, by Daniel Drezner, is a book about how modern Amer­ica produces and interacts with the marketplace of ideas. Although ideas are ubiquitous, manifesting in think pieces, TED talks, and all manner of conventional wisdom, we rarely take the time to examine the people and insti­tutions that give rise to them. Because we have paid this important phenome­non little heed, Drezner maintains that we have missed an "industrial revolu­tion in the public sphere." Below the surface of his analysis lie the questions "How did we get here?" and "What did we get wrong?" that so many of us are grappling with these days.