Does Jill Lepore's Ph. D. qualify her to talk about business?

Reacting to Jill Lepore's critique of American business's "gospel of disruption" comes this striking thought from Marc Andreessen:


The startup-news end of the tech press seems in a state of perpetual orgasm over the Netscape founder's willingness to opine on practically anything. I can't help but wonder if Andreessen mocking Lepore's credentials is key to understanding his desperation to be seen as a public intellectual—and others' thin-smiled willingness to treat him as one.

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  1. Haven't been able to get past the massive rush of nostalgia on seeing that Netscape loading gif.

  2. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding what American Studies is, but that seems like a pretty good qualification for writing a magazine article on how something affects American society. Also, I fail to see any physics in Andreessen's bio, so his snipe works just as well for him.

  3. Wow, what a guy. Because no one else would have erroneously thought to put forward "Before we address what she has said, let us ask, 'Who the fuck is she to say it'"

    no not in a million years would anyone think to do that, He really is a stunning intellectual, mind like an antiquated steel trap for killing things that no longer exist. Amazing.

  4. I've seen worse abuses of doctorates, like how "Dr. Laura" Schlessinger has a Ph.D. in physiology but spent decades dispensing (terrible) advice on the radio as if she was a psychiatrist.

  5. Actually - the New Yorker article was a pretty thoughtful piece that critiqued historical accuracy of the case studies and also examined how 'disruption' became such a powerful meme. While I have only a BS in Economics I have been in three different startup companies (two of them as a founder - VP of Engineering and CTO) and I found the it very much on the mark.

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