Andrew (perspectivism) wrote,


Heinlein imagined wild headlines for the Crazy Years (his speculative ridiculous future timeline)...but he didn't imagine all the times nowadays when it's just the journalists by their own clueless credulity making the world that ridiculous.

These leapt out at me re: discovery of an exciting new planet 20+ light years away:
Odds of Life on Nearby Planet '100 Percent,' Astronomer Says (Fox News)
UN 'to appoint space ambassador to greet alien visitors' (Telegraph UK)
Neither story turns out to be even newsworthy apart from its hilarity...much less supporting such big headlines!! And, neither full story suggests any notable news on their more-than-teasingly (clumsily-fumbling-for?) implied central topic of whether any alien life in fact is out there (much less whether any particular imagined First Contact can ever happen!).

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