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Big Mood Machine | Liz Pelly
Spotify is a solution for brands, it explains, because it is a platform where people go to feel good. Of course, in this telling of things, Spotify conveniently ignores why those other forms of media feel so bad. It’s because they are platforms that prioritize their own product and profit above all else. It’s because they are platforms governed by nothing more than surveillance technology and the mechanisms of advertising.
advertising  music  data  marketing  capitalism  business  corporations  pop  identity  youth  media  surveillance  technology 
5 days ago by allaboutgeorge
The Modern Trap of Feeling Obligated to Turn Hobbies Into Hustles
We don’t have to monetize or optimize or organize our joy. Hobbies don’t have to be imbued with a purpose beyond our own enjoyment of them. They, alone, can be enough.
creativity  work  art  capitalism  business  attention  careers  career 
march 2019 by allaboutgeorge
The Young Left’s Anti-Capitalist Manifesto | FiveThirtyEight
“I’ll clearly support whoever the nominee is,” McElwee told me. “I think all of these people can be moved. They’re pieces on a chess board that’s so much larger than them. And I want to be helping move those chess pieces.”
capitalism  history  politics  democrats  2020  elections  power  campaigns 
january 2019 by allaboutgeorge
'The goal is to automate us': welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism | Technology | The Guardian
So what is to be done? In any confrontation with the unprecedented, the first work begins with naming. Speaking for myself, this is why I’ve devoted the past seven years to this work… to move forward the project of naming as the first necessary step toward taming.
business  capitalism  surveillance  technology  socialmedia  socialnetworking  advertising  media  books  public 
january 2019 by allaboutgeorge
Outgrowing Advertising: Multimodal Business Models as a Product Strategy – Andreessen Horowitz
What if, at the point of purchase, you had the option to only buy what you wanted, for the time frame you specified? This type of consumer power is the reality for netizens in China today—because Chinese internet companies have adopted business models that are drastically different than what we see here in the States, especially on mobile.
advertising  china  mobile  business  capitalism  marketing  music  books  video  education 
december 2018 by allaboutgeorge
The Unbearable Sameness of Cities: What my journey across the United States taught me about indie cafés and Ikea lights.
Just as the essential structure of the atom is prescribed by nature, so, too, are there only so many ways to lay out a city, it seems, and most of them, weirdly, feel like atoms. Even in cities that sprawl, like Indianapolis or Oklahoma City or Little Rock, you’ve got your downtown nucleus, your gentrifying neighborhoods orbiting close to the center — artist and queer quarters — fading into outer circles of chains and strip malls and body shops constricted by the interstates.
cities  marketing  aesthetics  capitalism  development  architecture  shopping  urban 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter - The New York Times
“Our findings suggest that censorship in China is effective not only because the regime makes it difficult to access sensitive information, but also because it fosters an environment in which citizens do not demand such information in the first place”
marketing  google  power  socialnetworking  censorship  asia  capitalism  internet  identity  attention  china  twitter  corporations  culture 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
The True Story of "The Greatest Showman on Earth" | History | Smithsonian
“He had these new ways of making racism seem fun and for people to engage in activities that degraded a racially subjected person in ways that were intimate and funny and surprising and novel,” says Reiss. “That’s part of his legacy, that’s part of what he left us, just as he also left us some really great jokes and circus acts and this kind of charming, wise-cracking ‘America’s uncle’ reputation. This is equally a part of his legacy.”
race  entertainment  history  usa  marketing  capitalism  politics  movies  film 
december 2017 by allaboutgeorge
The Price Tag of Being a Woman | Literary Hub
“You have gray hair,” he whispered, with alarm and not a little judgment. “I know,” I said and told him how much I was looking forward to a flowing mane of white a few years down the road. “It’s such a shame,” he replied. “I see young women come into my office with gray hair, and they just look so old.” My usefulness as a woman summed up in a moment.
hair  beauty  power  feminism  fashion  style  economics  capitalism 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Social Business isn’t About Companies, It is About Cities | Social Enterprise Today
Customer-centricity, whatever this really means, not only implies the growth of different behaviors, but also to think differently about our spatial and symbolic relationships to customers. Providing them with more channels to interact is not enough, we need to design them in a more human way, and allow customers to embed these channels in their way of life. Cities, and those who think and design them, are ahead of organizations in tackling these problems.
cities  urbanism  business  relationships  capitalism  work  jobs  social  socbiz 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Gordon Crovitz: Media Moguls and Creative Destruction - WSJ.com
"The Internet may be somebody's friend—most notably, the consumers of media—but it is not the friend of incumbent media companies," they assert. "For the incumbent, any benefits from the Internet on either the cost or new revenue opportunity side are overwhelmed by the damage done by the lowering of barriers to entry" by technology. "Digital media systematically lowers the cost of entry into most markets—it's far easier to start a local Web site than a newspaper."s
newspapers  media  journalism  online  web  publishing  digital  business  corporations  capitalism 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Talking Pictures: Michael Moore's last words: Capitalism stinks
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Moore asks me if I remember how he started our interview. I do, I say. You started by asserting the death of the American newspaper. Indeed, Moore floats this (to me, premature) notion the day after our interview in Toronto, at the "Capitalism" press conference. He suggests that the imperiled state of the modern U.S. newspaper might make a good documentary. He planned initially to include a section on the subject in "Capitalism" but he couldn't make it fit. So maybe Moore has his next subject after all.
newspapers  film  movies  documentary  capitalism  toronto  chicago  business  economics  media  journalism 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Fans overlook Michael Jackson's dark side | U.S. | Reuters
"I think we can multi-task when it comes to our cultural icons," said Jefferson. "We can live simultaneously with their enormous talent, be it a Michael Jackson, or a Marlon Brando or a Judy Garland or an Elvis. And we can live with the knowledge of the enormous damage that they did to themselves, that was done to them, and that they did to other people."
music  business  media  capitalism  marketing  television  cable  rock  race  psychology  identity  culture 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Jackson's music had impact around the globe | U.S. | Reuters
Michael Jackson went from being Gary, Ind.'s most talented kid to one of the most recognizable human beings on the planet. While his worldwide album sales were astounding, that wasn't the sole reason for his fame. His ascendancy went far beyond the cash register -- he inspired dance moves, dictated fashion trends and raised awareness for social causes around the globe.
music  business  media  capitalism  marketing  television  cable  rock  1980s 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
How Jackson's Thriller changed the music business | U.S. | Reuters
Ultimately, "Thriller" spent 122 weeks on the Billboard 200, leading Epic to one of its greatest periods of prosperity. Given the decline in album sales, the rise of digital downloads and the lack of an heir apparent to Jackson, it's unlikely another album will ever dominate radio, video or the collective consciousness the way "Thriller" did.
music  business  media  capitalism  marketing  television  cable  rock  1980s 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Paul Graham: Could VC be a Casualty of the Recession?
There is a founder community just as there's a VC community. They all know one another, and techniques spread rapidly between them. If one tries a new programming language or a new hosting provider and gets good results, 6 months later half of them are using it. And the same is true for funding. The current generation of founders want to raise money from VCs, and Sequoia specifically, because Larry and Sergey took money from VCs, and Sequoia specifically. Imagine what it would do to the VC business if the next hot company didn't take VC at all.

VCs think they're playing a zero sum game. In fact, it's not even that. If you lose a deal to Benchmark, you lose that deal, but VC as an industry still wins. If you lose a deal to None, all VCs lose.
business  money  finance  future  economy  economics  capitalism  entrepreneurs  technology 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How to Succeed? Make Employees Happy - TIME
"Simultaneously we hit upon the philosophy that I think will be the dominant philosophy in business in the 21st century. It's this principle that the purpose of business is not primarily to maximize shareholder value."
business  capitalism  career  economics  finance  work  money  corporations  ethics  jobs 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Nation: Back Talk: Billy Bragg
"The worst aspects of capitalism, the worst impulses of conservatives and every inch of racism is driven by cynicism. And our problem, for those of us who want to make a better world, is that we're prone to that as well."
racism  capitalism  politics  activism  music  rock  uk 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Microeconomics « Rosenblumtv
"The web allows you not only to distribute your product to 2 billion homes daily for free; it also allows you to cut overhead and management to the bone. And what is left behind can go to those who create the content - which seems only fair."
journalism  media  newspapers  online  weblogs  capitalism  business  corporations 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Stocks Tarnished By 'Lost Decade' - WSJ.com
"We have to accept that this is no longer a nation of 4% real economic growth. This is a mature nation that no longer has a strong manufacturing base."
finance  history  stocks  economics  usa  capitalism  business  corporations  investing 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Mighty Brands in Action! -- World Economic Forum: Is "Brand USA" suffering? Perhaps not
"[...] US companies still account for 50% of the top 10 brands in China in terms of market recognition and loyalty, and in Italy the figure is only slightly lower."
china  usa  marketing  identity  business  corporations  capitalism  globalization  europe  asia 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
TI and Shop Boyz made the most stolen music of the year | News | Guardian Unlimited Music
"If Soulja Boy and Shop Boyz would have sold as many CDs as they did singles, they'd be household names. They'd be superstars on par with 50 Cent and Kanye West."
marketing  music  hiphop  aesthetics  economics  online  capitalism  mp3  social 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Dept. of Popular Culture: Banksy Was Here: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
"The graffitist’s impulse is akin to a blogger’s: write some stuff, quickly, which people may or may not read. Both mediums demand wit and nimbleness."
blogging  art  uk  aesthetics  identity  anonymity  marketing  beauty  urban  poverty  capitalism  attention 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Facing South: Racism plagues N.O. area rental housing market
"In other words, in nearly six out of every 10 transactions, African-American testers with the same jobs, credit, career paths, income, family types and rental histories as white testers were treated less favorably by landlords."
housing  neworleans  hurricane  katrina  realestate  louisiana  demography  discrimination  capitalism 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: China’s New Leftist
“People ask in the West, How could China develop capitalism with an authoritarian state? But that’s ignoring how modern capitalism grew in the West, without much democracy and with the help of imperialism and colonialism."
china  india  politics  power  environment  health  population  capitalism  sustainable  society  farming 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Why You Should Pay to Read This Newspaper?
"Information wants to be free because it has become so cheap to distribute, copy and recombine - too cheap to meter. It wants to be expensive because it can be immeasurably valuable to the recipient. That tension will not go away."
information  newspapers  media  journalism  capitalism  corporations  magazines  radio  television 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: China Bans Nike Television Commercial
"It also goes against rules that require ads not to contain content that blasphemes national practices and cultures.''
aesthetics  capitalism  china  marketing 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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