Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Zero Times One Million Still Equals Zero

'I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance'
--the late Thomas Carlyle. The Victorian-era Scottish essayist, satirist and historian famously had a sacred respect for restraining speech until "thought has silently matured itself…to hold one's tongue till some meaning lie behind to set it wagging." He called it "the worship of silence." We think the media would have been much better off restraining itself for awhile rather than moving in lockstep, collective ignorance to turn the Eliot Spitzer story into something far more important than the facts warrant. But more about that soon.


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