02 Jan 2014 at 07:47
We’re still savoring the last echoes of the holiday season, so please enjoy this extremely apt take on Dickens’s A Christmas Carol by Susan Feiner, a professor of economics and women and gender studies at the University of Southern Maine.
This is probably as good a time as any to remind ourselves of Toynbee’s dictum:
The lifespan of any civilization can be measured by the respect and care that is given to its elderly citizens, and those societies which treat their elderly with contempt have the seeds of their own destruction within them.
Humor aside, Feiner’s tale is a great reminder of this truth. Check out the commentary that follows her Cruz-Scrooge tale in the link: A lot of people still don’t get it.
29 Oct 2012 at 16:55
Lance Armstrong got away with ringleading what now looks like a vast doping conspiracy, in part because the sports media refused to investigate what was right under their noses. Why? Because they were too invested in the heroic image that congealed around the Tour de France winner. In much the same way, groupthink in the financial media has repeatedly led our most prominent journalists to valorize hucksters and ignore scandals until they blow up into full-scale catastrophes.
Today’s New York Times includes a fine column by David Carr, taking the mainstream sports media to task as not-to-silent partners in the selling of the Lance Armstrong Legend. Carr gives the sports desk a good spanking. But the problem he describes is actually much bigger, extending deep into the business and economic coverage that is arguably the most critically important information we get from the media nowadays
Let’s review a bit of history. Continue reading →