I just finished up at the Heartland Climate conference. I sat next to Physicists, an astronaut/Marine combat pilot, Meteorologists of great repute.
I can live with being an emergency physician who lives in the country and is certainly not famous.
However, in this trivialized and social media world faking a resume is standard practice.
Clarice Feldman comments on this phenomenon and the vacuum of superficiatlity and pretense created by lack of humility. Self promotion and vacuity create the pretense of achievement or the pose of a victim deserving special treatment so common in public and private life.
Affirmative action quotas have caused a surge of lying. Dolezal i just a really extravagant version of Brian Williams or other claiming special achievements or status for some kind of advantage or acclaim.
I like the word poseur to describe them–Adlai Stevenson was promoted as an intellectual, but flunked out of Harvard law. Algore was a mediocre student with a transcript that showed no science background to speak of.
My, My, image and public perceptions created by a sycophant press are important.