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Opinion

John E. Sununu

Wild West for digital content: Enjoy it while you can

As an institution, Congress hates unscripted moments. Everything from committee hearings to floor speeches is laboriously planned. Moments of unpredictability are rare gems. On the few occasions each year when the outcome of a vote in the House was genuinely unknown, I would try to get the floor early to observe. From the brass rail at the back of the chamber, you could watch the intensity of a close vote bring out the full range of human emotion — anticipation, fear, confusion, and more.

On a far larger scale, most of the economy operates in much the same way. In good times or bad, the activity within mature business sectors — shipping, construction, auto manufacturing — is easily understood. Even as competitors rise and fall, succeed or fail, the products and their delivery change very slowly over time. So when moments of genuine uncertainty arise, they are worth watching, because they are both revealing and entertaining.

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