Phil Torres

Feb 5, 2021

5 min read

The Rise of Podcast Pundits

Last year, I wrote an article bout how Sam Harris is a lot like Donald Trump — specifically, in the way that each has managed to bypass quality-control checkpoints in communicating with their (overlapping) audiences. Trump uses Twitter, and Harris uses his podcast.

This resulted in a fair amount of impossibly confused online debate, much of which was misdirected at a quote I included as an example of Harris’s tendency toward misinformation and (what we can call) selective anti-intellectualism. Harris fans just hate it when people quote his own words; there is a massive victimhood