Legislators, Technology, and Michael Crichton

Source: EconLog
by Kevin Corcoran

“If you see news reports covering an area you know well are frequently riddled with elementary errors and are written by someone who seems to lack even a basic understanding of the subject, you should at least suspect that news reports on other topics are likewise riddled with basic errors and were also written by journalists lacking a basic understanding of those topics as well. Yet, we rarely seem to do this. But more than journalists, I find myself concerned about what this topic says about legislators and other politicians. I find that in areas I know well, legislators are even more likely than journalists to demonstrate a lack of understanding in the areas they are so eager to exercise control. And lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of this regarding technology.” (05/08/24)