Macromyopia And Other Clever Words

“Macromyopia is society’s tendency to overestimate the short term results of a technology and to underestimate its long term results…”
John Barlow, Author and Songwriter.

I’m looking at you, Second Life. Also, as a follow on from that, the comments in this post at Snarkmarket had some insightful phrases that I hadn’t heard before.

“Men overestimate what they can accomplish in a year. But they underestimate what they can accomplish in five.”
Len

“Never mistake a clear view for a short distance.”
Paul Saffo

And while we’re on things I’ve heard today:

“Never mistake a clear view for a short distance.”
The Magistrate’s Blog

Finally, on a blog (I forget which) talking about Obama’s recent, apparently terribly disappointing decision to be a politician, someone quoted the apparently old adage which perfectly sums up the salesman mentality seemingly present in every walk of life in the UK at the moment:

“No one else can give you as much as I promise you.”

(Well, it’s new to me!)