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Submitted by diana on
The 24 hour news cycle has put a premium on being fast rather than right (or at least informed). While the criticism of these superficial analyses is warranted, the flood of such analysis is a reaction to the real pressures many purveyors of knowledge confront in a very competitive information environment. If you're not first or at least very quick, you're seen to be less credible than those who are. If you lack credibility, even if it's for the wrong reasons, you don't attract money to do the work you really do well. It's a vicious and destructive circle. The really unfortunate thing is that important policy decisions will be made based on these quick analyses. We will all suffer as a result....