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A few thoughts on thought leaders

My reading this week included an engaging piece by Ann Friedman, All LinkedIn with Nowhere to Go, which decries the rise of “thought leaders” on LinkedIn, the business-cards-on-steroids social media site. Friedman especially dislikes how people with no history of actual business success can hang out the “thought leader” shingle and start attracting streams of followers.

Samuel Johnson portrait by Joshua ReynoldsHalf of my double major in college was in English Lit. So I immediately thought of an exemplar for this 21st-century phenomenon: someone who lived in the 18th century, Samuel Johnson.

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