Comments: Stranger Things

Well, there's always blogs... I trust you, Jonathan. You wouldn't lie to us just to sell your book, right?

(More accurately: you'd tell us the truth, just to sell your book, right?)

Posted by weasel_word at October 13, 2008 07:39 AM

you'd tell us the truth, just to sell your book, right?

By this do you mean, the only reason I'd tell you the truth is to sell my book?

If so, then yes.

Posted by Jonathan Schwarz at October 13, 2008 08:13 AM

There's a weirder "angry upper middle class white folk" article in the Times today. It's titled "Fear and Loathing in La Jolla" and begins with a Bob Dylan quote about revolution. I got to the end before realizing it had been written by Ben Stein.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/12/business/12every.html?em

Posted by Chris E. at October 13, 2008 10:22 AM

"Mr. Pappas is ... well informed..."

Doesn't really sound like it.

Posted by Rojo at October 13, 2008 02:26 PM

Those two segments on This American Life were like a breath of fresh air in the confined-animal-feeding-operation that is the U.S. media. Imagine: a reporter assuming that we're all (or at least some of us are) intelligent enough to understand complicated economic issues if a serious effort is made to explain them to us!

After listening to them I thought, "This is what media would be like every day if we really lived in a democracy." That is, if the American people really were participants in decision-making, rather than mere spectators.

And even this rare example of competent journalism only comes after the bailout is pushed through our rubber-stamp Congress. Oh, so most economists actually think the Paulson plan is a bad idea, and would prefer a less costly alternative that we're not hearing about because the banks that got is into this mess don't like it? Gee, thanks for sharing, NPR!

Posted by SteveB at October 13, 2008 04:04 PM
They know they're being lied to even if they're not exactly sure how.

We have some dismissive words for those people with the trust ambiguity.

Crazy paranoid tinfoil hat wearers.

Posted by Labiche at October 14, 2008 08:42 AM