Has the high-minded economic and political weekly started to follow the rest of the British media downmarket?
Hollywood starlet Angelina Jolie (otherwise known as Brad Pitt’s other half) is the newest contributor to The Economist’s “The World in 2008,” which is published this week and contains predictions for the next year.
Jolie’s piece on the atrocities in Darfur runs alongside contributions from several presidents, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and other senior politicians.
Jolie’s byline describes her as a goodwill ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
The annual spin-off to The Economist is now in its 22nd year. It is sold internationally and remains on newsstands for the whole year.
Despite The Economist’s “know-it-all style” of reporting and prediction, if one looks back at past issues one can see that The Economist consistently gets it wrong.