The problem with today’s wired world (okay, Western wired world) is that when I read someone’s electronic musings, I can’t tell if they are being sarcastic, ironic, or dead-on all-in serious.
I am confronting this problem as I continue my veridictions (my made-up name for the process of verifying predictions) concerning the presidential election last Tuesday.
The issue of hipster-detachment versus full-bore seriousness is staring me square in the face as I try to determine which side of the sarcasm/serious fence Bill Frezza, a contributor to Forbes, sits on.
In May of this year, Mr. Frezza wrote an opinion piece with the title, “Prediction: Romney Crushes Obama In Presidential Election Blowout”
Frezza does not go into detail about how many Electoral College votes Governor Romney would win on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, but his use of the word “Blowout” would (to me) suggest that it would be more than the 206 (or 235 if Florida tips red) Mitt actually did garner.
Other events mis-predicted by Mr. Frezza include “The Supreme Court’s evisceration of Obamacare…” (which did not happen), and “[t]he Occupy movement’s escalating campaign of violence, which culminated in major street battles at both national conventions…”
The Forbes‘ contributor tone is so over-the-top that I can only assume his tongue is firmly in his cheek when he espouses such hyperbolic predictions (a la Stephen Colbert).
However, when you read his opinion piece of November 6 where he opines that a second Obama term will lead the country to ruin, I can only make the leap to conclude that he firmly believes what he says.
Therefore, Frezza strikes out with his prediction in May of a November “blowout”.
Let me put this prediction in my file and come back to it in four years to see if, as Frezza predicts, the bottom has fallen out of the currency, an Argentinean-style capital flight and double-digit inflation hits the economy, and the recession has “come back with a vengeance”.
My second-most-favorite part of Frezza’s latest piece is where he writes, “Six months ago, I confidently predicted that Americans would come to their senses and turn back the explosive growth of government unleashed by Barack Obama.”
My favorite part is where Frezza never admits he was wrong.