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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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