Friday, April 4, 2014

A pretty girl is like a melody

Russ Roberts, in a follow-up post to his podcast with John Cochrane, goes on a riff on planned obsolescence, and asks his readership;
Don't consumers always prefer a longer-lived product to a shorter one? Not necessarily. Can you think of some examples?
Someone offers just that; If consumers always preferred long lasting products, there would be no such thing as a fashion industry. 

So, naturally, Russ Roberts' lovely editrix, Lauren Landsburg, won't take to that tune;
Hi, Patrick.
Thanks for your EconTalk comment, quoted below. Your comment has been rejected for publication.
Comments on EconTalk are required to address the content and substance of the podcast episode or subsequent discussion. Flippant remarks that do not address or discuss the substance or content will not be published. If you believe your comment is substantively relevant to the content, please let me know. We may be happy to reconsider your comment.
When it is pointed out to her that, in fact, the post requested just such examples, she doubles down on her logic--we're being kind;
If you want to write comments in the comment section, it's your job as a commenter to read and respond clearly to what Russ or anyone else on EconTalk writes. 
We wonder if it isn't the job of an editor to actually read the work of the author who employs her.

[Update] Turns out that even a macroeconomics textbook co-author can't deny reality forever;
All right, fair enough, Patrick.
I've published your comment on EconTalk.  I apologize that I might not have cottoned to it at first.
It only took three exchanges for that to 'cotton'.

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