Davos and the Mars Rover

Am I the only one who thinks there is a connection between NASA’s loss of contact yesterday with the Mars Rover, and the beginning of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland?

One of my pet theories is that there a largely unremarked Law of Conservation of Communication in the universe. The more some things communicate, the less that others do. Hence, for example, the increase in the divorce rate alongside the growth of the Internet — more communications means a marital breakdown.

Similarly, the arrival of thousands of delegates in Davos for days of nattering has to have a dramatic effect somewhere else. There has been, to paraphrase Obi-Wan Kenobi, a shifting in The Force, the sudden commencement of economic and political yammering by so many people all at once.

Thinking about it that way, we’re lucky that the only victim (so far) has been the comm link to Rover on Mars. The Law of Conservation of Communications might equally have struck us all mute.

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