Hindsight may be 20/20, but let's face it: many confident statements and predictions from the past haven't turned out all that well. That's why The Week magazine's new Bad Opinion Generator is such a pleasurable diversion: it's a reminder that even very intelligent people sometimes get it wrong.
For instance, envisioning the future of the newspaper as of 1900, Brooklyn Daily Eagle editor C.M. Skinner confidently saw it like this: "No more blazing headlines announcing the pleasant particulars of the last murder. Nothing but literature". That's not quite how it turned out. Or how about Hewlett Packard executives talking to a young Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak about their idea for a personal computer: "Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet". Both Steves made out okay in the end.
If you've got a few minutes to kill, click the image below to check out some opinions that haven't stood the test of time. Just click 'Hit Me Again' for more unfortunate statements:
And if you've ever found one of your own opinions coming under fire, this video might be helpful - we asked some friends of the show how they deal with bad reviews. Check that out below:
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