I thought this was a very interesting discussion about authority in our digital age. I haven’t read Revolt of the Public, but now I’d like to!
Mr. Gurri is referring to political leaders in this quote, but it made me think of the application to pastors:
Your last question is a very interesting and troubling one. In the digital age, people are trained to express themselves, to perform in a way that will grow their following, rather than to govern. (Think Donald Trump.) Yuval Levin has written that our institutions were once formative — they shaped the character and discipline of those who joined them — but are now performative, mere platforms for elite self-expression and personal branding. I completely agree. Outside of the military, which still demands a code of conduct from its members, I don’t see where people are trained to govern today.