Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Revealing Snippet of Truth by ProJo editorial board

Brief, but true, observation made today by the Providence Journal editors.
We've read many old newsmagazines, dating back to the '30s. They were filled with the conventional wisdom of the era ('Peace in our time,' etc.). This convinced us that the public and the press are almost always wrong (in the short term) about events -- military, geopolitical, economic, etc. A minimum of five years seems to be needed for perspective -- too luxurious for those who must make decisions, not just comment.
It would serve us all to remember, in these days of fast news and instant analysis, that a bit of perspective is required when analyzing "current" events. Snap judgements are rarely correct, especially those based on a tacit historical analysis between past events and contemporary. But it sure is fun!

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