- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.
This wasn’t always the case. I remember reading in Braudel’s history of the Mediterranean that in 16th century Europe, information was mighty expensive. One example that struck me (if I am recalling Braudel correctly) was that sending a letter from Spain to Paris cost the equivalent of a university professor’s annual salary. Now sending that e-mail is basically free. On the other hand, no one got spammed back in 1550.
I think that what this blog should try to be about is making sense of new information. I march forward with new resolve!