Wednesday, May 09, 2007

I Do Not Think It Means What You Think it Means*

Professor Glenn Reynolds over at Instapundit commented on a statement by Time Warner Inc. Chief Executive Richard Parsons who said, "The Googles of the world, they are the Custer of the modern world. We are the Sioux nation...They will lose this war if they go to war...The notion that the new kids on the block have taken over is a false notion."

Professor Reynolds commented that "And second, while Custer certainly lost the battle, the Sioux actually lost the war. That's because they faced an opponent with better technology, more dynamism, and . . . oh, hell, you get the idea. It was a poor choice of metaphor."

Actually, it was a brilliant choice of metaphor. Spot on in many ways. It was only a poor choice because it came out of Parson's mouth. As the dashing young Inigo Montoya once said "I do not think it means what you think it means."


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