Weekend Reading: death (of knowledge), decay (of buildings), and those darn kids

Weekend Reading is a weekly collation of 3-5 articles that have caught my attention, published on Saturday mornings. Previous editions can be found here.

1. The Death of Expertise (The Federalist)

A reflective piece on the difficulties of public discourse when every opinion is given equal weight.

2. ‘A tale of decay’: the Houses of Parliament are falling down (The Guardian)

No, Canadian readers, not our Parliament — our buildings are undergoing a massive renovation project. This is about Westminster, which apparently habitually catches on fire.

3. Under Pressure (Commonweal Magazine)

His book is the story of how life for millennials is different from the way it was for previous generations, but it’s also the story of institutions and their transformation. Understanding what kind of people millennials are becoming requires an investigation into our relationships with the institutions that have formed us and the work those institutions have demanded of us. As Harris writes, “No one chooses the historical circumstances of their birth. If Millennials are different in one way or another, it’s not because we are more (or less) evolved than our parents or grandparents; it’s because they’ve changed the world in ways that have produced people like us.” Harris’s book tries to grasp how the generation born between 1985 and 2000 has been produced.

This is a review of Malcolm Harris’s Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, a book which I haven’t read, although I might now that I’ve read this piece.