Helen Razor Interview

20 Jun, 2015 by

Helen Razor Interview

There’s no such thing as a stupid question. I’m sure you’ve heard that sentiment before. Well Helen Razor and Bernard Keane disagree. They suggest that while there are many good questions, the only one that too many people are asking is ‘quick, what do I say so that no one finds out that I’m stupid?’ And that means that rather than asking someone who might reasonably know the answer about a topic, we too often feel entitled to our own opinion. An opinion unimpeded by inconvenient things like ‘facts’, or ‘statistics’, or ‘history’.

Helen Razor hosted Breakfast on Triple J for much of the 90s. She’s published four previous books, written for The Age and The Australian, and now writes for Crikey and The Saturday Paper, as well as regularly outraging people on Twitter. And in her new book, A Short History of Stupid, Helen joins forces with Bernard Keane to take aim at what they see as the worst results of stupid, and also try to explain just how we got here.

Helen chatted with Sky Kirkham about the individual, awareness, and being obliged to have an opinion. Originally broadcast on 04/12/2014. A Short History of Stupid is available through Allen and Unwin.

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