The Igon Value Problem

Not to be confused with eigenvalue.

And The New Yorker was born:

The Igon Value Problem: when a writer’s education on a topic consists in interviewing an expert, he is apt to offer generalizations that are banal, obtuse or flat wrong.

I am of course being unfair here to the New Yorker, which is a fine magazine to which I subscribe.  However, I do feel that they sometimes stray into this territory, especially when it comes to writing about current events that are outside their normal purview; good examples are the financial crisis or in a recent article about UAVs when they attempted to provide context on the laws of war.

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