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Out of the all of the people I know, I'm almost the only one who would be thinking like that.

The political environment is independent of economic reporting. Why do you think that propaganda would be any less effective with huge ring-bound reports than it would be summary reporting?

Surely it's even easier to hide lies and misdirections inside a mountain of data and concepts which most people don't understand at all.

If people don't understand simple numbers - which empirically they don't - how can it make sense to to suggest they should be trying to understand complicated numbers instead?

But - if there's a tradition of reporting numbers which are at least a little bit useful, rather than not useful at all, you're in with a chance of keeping them informed.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Feb 26th, 2009 at 09:18:07 AM EST
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Actually, I'm suggesting that they shouldn't have the numbers dumped on their heads at all and that the idea that reporting that Ireland's GDP per head rose by 0.1% at PPP equivalence stoat-belly wombat botherer is the slightest bit meaningful or useful to the body politic is gibbering nonsense. Replacing it with more meaningless numbers is not going to help: we'll just be told that Ireland's Guinness Quotient is higher than the UK's and aren't we great? It still hides what needs to be discussed.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 26th, 2009 at 09:29:48 AM EST
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There are of course  reports [pdf] that discuss important stuff with more than a number. That German report e.g. does contain:
  • ressource conservation
  • climate change
  • renewable energies
  • area usage
  • state debt
  • economic future provision
  • innovation
  • education
  • economic wealth
  • mobility
  • farming
  • air quality
  • health and nutrition
  • criminality
  • employment
  • perspectives for families
  • equality of men and women
  • integration of immigrants
  • development aid
  • open markets

Similar reports probably exists for Ireland. But who reads 80 pages, when he can have a number?

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Volker Pispers
by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Sat Feb 28th, 2009 at 09:44:53 PM EST
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