August 31, 2007

WHAT DO THEY TEACH THEM IN SCHOOL NOWADAYS? Reader Bo McIlvain notes that Newsweek calls Bjorn Lomborg “the anti-Cassandra.” But as McIlvain points out: “I guess no one at Newsweek remembers that Cassandra’s curse wasn’t just that she was always right, she was NEVER BELIEVED. So, it’s more apt to call Gore the ‘Anti-Cassandra’.” Yes, the term “Cassandra” as synonym for “doomsayer” is a popular trope, but it does betray unfamiliarity with the story on which it’s based.