Paul Krugman lays the smack down on fellow economist Roger Farmer (who had tried to call him out for lifting his ideas):
What every economist, and for that matter every writer on any subject, needs to realize is that unless you are a powerful person and people are looking for clues about what you’ll do next, nobody has to read what you write — and lecturing them about what they’re missing doesn’t help. You have to provide the hook, the pitch, whatever you want to call it, that pulls them in. It’s part of the job.
The old: “you’re not only wrong, you’re irrelevant.” It’s a deep burn.
(And Krugman’s advice is sound. It’s a privilege to have anyone read what you write — let alone want to always read what you write. You have to earn it.)
[via Business Insider]