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The Economics Of Getting Heard: Guest Op-Ed | Billboard
When choice is unlimited, the authentic and the intangible become most valuable. Putting out a great record is the required start, but building and maintaining the conversation is -- more than ever before -- paramount to getting your music heard.
music  economics  attention 
5 days ago by allaboutgeorge
On Indian Minimalism | Vestoj
Which begs the question, what are the aesthetics of an emerging post-colonial economy? And when something different from what we expect arises, why don’t we have the interpretative frameworks to understand its nuances?
fashion  minimalism  journalism  aesthetics  economics  beauty  india 
8 weeks ago 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
Monocle's View From Nowhere | New Republic
Capital, and with it cultural capital, floods to the place where it can most efficiently reproduce itself, places that Monocle takes pains to identify and share.
magazines  marketing  business  economics  style  fashion  globalization  publishing 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Richard J. Tofel: Someday, the sun will set on SEO — and the business of news will be better for it » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
[A]fter a decade of SEO, a lot of lowest common denominator is what we have.

But a focus on readers rather than advertisers as the heart of business model will, inevitably, create a more segmented dynamic, as the strongest appeals to readers tend to be in niches, and as, to venture an impolite reminder, some readers are a great deal more valuable than others. This is not only because some readers have more money to spend on content (as they do, admittedly, on the goods and services offered by advertisers), although that is true. But it is also, and ultimately more importantly true, that some readers are willing to spend more time, to develop greater loyalty to particular content, to value it more highly.

Improved search, and diminished SEO, should tend place a greater value on such readers, elevating content of higher value, higher quality and, therefore, higher cost.

That would matter a great deal.
search  google  media  online  technology  mobile  marketing  economics  attention  reading 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Urge to Own That Clapton Guitar Is Contagious, Scientists Find - NYTimes.com
The most important factor seemed to be the degree of “celebrity contagion.” The Yale team found that a sweater owned by a popular celebrity became more valuable to people if they learned it had actually been worn by their idol. But if the sweater had subsequently been cleaned and sterilized, it seemed less valuable to the fans, apparently because the celebrity’s essence had somehow been removed.

“Our results suggest that physical contact with a celebrity boosts the value of an object, so people will pay extra for a guitar that Eric Clapton played, or even held in his hands,” said Paul Bloom, who did the experiments at Yale along with George E. Newman and Gil Diesendruck.
celebrity  music  rock  behavior  science  economics  money  design 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Economics of Blogging and The Huffington Post - NYTimes.com
One reason that The Huffington Post gets a lot of criticism for not paying its bloggers is because most people think of it as a publishing company, when really — like Facebook — it is more of a technology company. Whether the content is paid or unpaid, the site is able to generate a comparatively large amount of revenue from it because of things like search engine optimization, and the way that its editors use their page space: a poorly-performing article will all but disappear from the site almost as soon as it is posted, while a strong one can hold its 32-point headline for hours. The Huffington Post, also, makes itself “stickier” by providing an abundance of links to other articles and to social networking tools.
data  blogging  news  journalism  media  newspapers  technology  business  aol  attention  economics 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The economics of love - Coupling: Dating, marriage and other relationships - Salon.com
"Economics is the study of how people and societies allocate scarce resources. Relationships involve two people who are sharing scarce resources -- whether that's time, energy, libidos, money, ambition, patience, whatever -- and that's of course going to involve trade-offs."
economics  relationships  love  technology  data  information  men  women  sex  marriage  beauty  attention  money  dating 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Is Social Media Driving the Economy? - Richard Florida - Technology - The Atlantic
While social media allows us to connect instantaneously to people all over the globe, the geography of its professional use in the United States is concentrated. The leading social media metros in the U.S. are richer, more technologically advanced, have higher levels of education and higher levels of the creative class, and are more open to diversity of all sorts. The geography of social media thus both reflects and reinforces the increasingly uneven and spiky nature of America's economic landscape.
media  marketing  social  business  economics  gay  diversity  demographics 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Contributor - How to End the Great Recession - NYTimes.com
Policies that generate more widely shared prosperity lead to stronger and more sustainable economic growth — and that’s good for everyone. The rich are better off with a smaller percentage of a fast-growing economy than a larger share of an economy that’s barely moving. That’s the Labor Day lesson we learned decades ago; until we remember it again, we’ll be stuck in the Great Recession.
economy  money  work  jobs  usa  power  economics 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The future is now at MIT Media Lab | Geek Gestalt - CNET News
"How predictable are people? We are using credit card transaction data to look at how patterns of human behavior change over time and space, and with which macroeconomic features these changes correlate. How does spending/merchant composition evolve as a region gets bigger/richer/more economically diverse? Do network features help to predict economic ones?"
future  technology  mit  media  research  massachusetts  economics 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Collapse of Complex Business Models « Clay Shirky
When ecosystems change and inflexible institutions collapse, their members disperse, abandoning old beliefs, trying new things, making their living in different ways than they used to. It’s easy to see the ways in which collapse to simplicity wrecks the glories of old. But there is one compensating advantage for the people who escape the old system: when the ecosystem stops rewarding complexity, it is the people who figure out how to work simply in the present, rather than the people who mastered the complexities of the past, who get to say what happens in the future.
business  economics  history  journalism  creativity  innovation  media  tv  television  video  change  complexity  strategy 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Apple’s iPad, General Motors, and the shrinking middle of the consumer market : The New Yorker
This doesn’t mean that companies are going to abandon the idea of being all things to all people. If you’re already in the middle of the market, it’s hard to shift focus—as G.M. has discovered. And the allure of a big market share is often hard to resist, even if it doesn’t translate into profits. According to one estimate, Nokia has nearly twenty times Apple’s market share, but the iPhone alone makes almost as much money as all Nokia’s phones combined. But making money by selling moderately good products that are moderately expensive isn’t going to get any easier, which suggests a slight rewrite of the old Highland ballad. You take the high road, and I’ll take the low road, and we’ll both be in Scotland afore the guy in the middle.
apple  business  marketing  economics  newyorker  design  globalization  ikea  ipad  nokia  mobile 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Newsonomics of emerging news video » Nieman Journalism Lab
Before we look at what TEM does for these companies, consider two big numbers here: 10.5 million hours and 10 percent.

The 10.5 million hours is the number of hours of video content contracted by TEM, under its management. The 10 percent: that’s all it has been able to get to, so far.

So, look at how early we in this news video business. Most of what will be out there in the digital world — on our phones, tablets, desktops and laptops — isn’t out there yet, but will be over the next several years. It may take mid-2011, robust 4G networks to power our daily video usage, but it’s clear where this movie is headed.

What TEM does for content producers is make their assets more easily usable in the digital world.
video  online  blogging  newspapers  news  journalism  economics 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How Paul Krugman found politics : The New Yorker
Krugman explained that he’d become an economist because of science fiction. When he was a boy, he’d read Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” trilogy and become obsessed with the central character, Hari Seldon. Seldon was a “psychohistorian”—a scientist with such a precise understanding of the mechanics of society that he could predict the course of events thousands of years into the future and save mankind from centuries of barbarism. He couldn’t predict individual behavior—that was too hard—but it didn’t matter, because history was determined not by individuals but by laws and hidden forces. “If you read other genres of fiction, you can learn about the way people are and the way society is,” Krugman said to the audience, “but you don’t get very much thinking about why are things the way they are, or what might make them different. What would happen if ?”
economics  politics  newyorker  interview  economy  writing  finance  sciencefiction  history 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sources, myths, economics and moonshine. | WeMedia.com
The best reporters add value to news by choosing sources wisely and by making the right kind of connections among circumstances, evidence, events, people and sources. It doesn’t matter if they blog, tweet or publish a story in print. It doesn’t matter if they work for a newspaper, an NGO or as a citizen. No institution has a monopoly on leading the public conversation. The rest is economics and moonshine.
journalism  media  television  radio  newspapers  attention  identity  creativity  social  socialnetworking  economics 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
What 2010 Will Be Like: Don't Bank On It (Essay by Chris Gardner, author of "The Pursuit of Happyness") - Speakeasy - WSJ
In case you missed it I’ll say it again in BIG BOLD LETTERS, CASH IS KING!

The only reason to go to a bank is to get a toaster! Do they still give those?

Happy New Year!
business  finance  money  jobs  work  economics  economy  happiness 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Slate: If the economy's stagnant, why are stocks up? The answer is disturbing. - By Daniel Gross - Slate Magazine
The rising U.S. stock market and a weak, slow-growing U.S. consumer sector aren't really in contradiction. Given the large-scale trends transforming the global economy—and the role of large U.S. companies in it—it may be possible to have a sustainable rally in American stocks without a sustainable rally by American consumers.
social  investing  economics  stocks  finance  jobs  usa  china  russia  globalization 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Rescuing The Reporters « Clay Shirky
For people who see newspapers as whole institutions that need to be saved, their size (and not the just the dozens and dozens of people on the masthead, but everyone in business and operations as well) makes ideas like Coll’s seems like non-starters — we’re talking about a total workforce in the hundreds, so non-profit conversion seems crazy.

[I]f you start not from total head count but from a list of the people necessary for the production of Jones’ “iron core of news,” a list that, in the Columbia Daily Tribune’s case, would be something like a dozen. (To put this in perspective, KBIA, Columbia’s NPR affiliate, lists a staff of 20.)

Seen in that light, what’s needed for a non-profit news plan to work isn’t an institutional conversion, it’s a rescue operation. There are dozen or so reporters and editors in Columbia, Missouri, whose daily and public work is critical to the orderly functioning of that town, and those people are trapped inside a burning business model.
journalism  media  newspapers  business  news  work  culture  economics  local  future  reporting  writing  nonprofit  corporations  cities 
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
Poynter Online - NewsPay - Salon CEO Richard Gingras: 'It Was a Mistake to Think of Ourselves As a Magazine'
"It was a mistake to think of ourselves as a magazine," Gingras said in a phone interview. " 'Magazine' suggests a periodicity that to me does not relate to who Salon is in a news environment on the Web that is increasingly real-time."
media  journalism  online  internet  web  economics  magazines  finance  salon 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine
We get our breaking news from blogs, we make spotty long-distance calls on Skype, we watch video on small computer screens rather than TVs, and more and more of us are carrying around dinky, low-power netbook computers that are just good enough to meet our surfing and emailing needs. The low end has never been riding higher.
marketing  business  technology  economics  video  publishing  society  photography  computers  email  news  media  journalism 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Bauble economy / Does a fictional story written about a cheap thrift-store object make it more valuable?
"The funny thing is, whatever the real story of that fop figurine is, it's been completely obliterated ... Whoever really designed it, whatever they really had in mind, whatever their real target market was, whatever meanings preceded -- all that has been obliterated in a matter of a few hours. It enters into this new ecosystem, and the meaning comes out the other side, and it's completed by the buyer."
marketing  writing  creativity  economics  attention  online  story  money 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Fallacy Of The Link Economy | paidContent
People will argue that the scrapers create value by pointing to many obscure stories that captured the imagination of linkers and got unexpectedly high traffic for a very obscure site. Fine, but was that site able to monetize the jump in traffic? And, how likely is that site to create a sustainable business by consistently winning a surfing game of serendipity?

Others will say that the site that gets linked to can keep the user using the site. But the opposite is happening – users are being trained to increase their usage of (and thus value to) the linker rather than the creator.
media  journalism  internet  economics  attention  web  online  blogging  newspapers  television  radio  ap 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
ReadWriteWeb: NYC Waterfalls: How Real-Time Cellphone Data Can Impact Local Economies
Overall the analysis of digital footprints showed the impact of the waterfalls, and how they drove people to new parts of the city over time. MIT says that this type of information can feed tourism studies and help a city to understand the behavior of people (tourists) who can have a large impact on the local economy. This type of data would also be useful for urban planning, of future events and attractions.
technology  research  economics  travel  flickr  mobile  nyc  location  data  information  art 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Why journalists deserve low pay | csmonitor.com
The demise of the news business can be halted, but only if journalists commit to creating real value for consumers and become more involved in setting the course of their companies.
media  journalism  newspapers  business  news  economics  future  public 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
What Would Micropayments Mean for Journalists? « The Digitalists
In fact, in this hour of crisis, newspapers should be moving in the exact opposite direction to generate revenue — focusing not on specific articles, but rather on delivering valuable experiences to their readers, whether that takes the form of articles, databases, multimedia, user-generated content, or whatever else will serve the audience’s needs. It is the entirety of that experience that will deliver goodwill and revenue opportunities down the road.
newspaper  economics  online  journalism  media  business  data  information  reading  social  money 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
GigaOm: Twitter’s Tipping Point
Take my Thomas Pink salesperson. After some basic questions about Twitter, he leaped to the money question: How he could boost his sales at the store via Twitter? Now Twitter as a channel for e-commerce is something I don’t actively think about, but his question did make me think: A salesperson could create a list of followers to whom he or she can broadcast messages such as “your favorite striped shirts are available at 30 percent off” — or something like that.
twitter  media  business  marketing  economics  yasns  social  sanfrancisco 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Kinsley - Life After Newspapers - washingtonpost.com
Maybe the newspaper of the future will be more or less like the one of the past, only not on paper. More likely it will be something more casual in tone, more opinionated, more reader-participatory. Or it will be a list of favorite Web sites rather than any single entity. Who knows? Who knows what mix of advertising and reader fees will support it? And who knows which, if any, of today's newspaper companies will survive the transition?

But will there be a Baghdad bureau? Will there be resources to expose a future Watergate? Will you be able to get your news straight and not in an ideological fog of blogs? Yes, why not -- if there are customers for these things. There used to be enough customers in each of half a dozen American cities to support networks of bureaus around the world. Now the customers can come from around the world as well.
media  journalism  newspapers  news  business  economics  corporations 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
List of newspapers in the United States by circulation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Out of the top 100, Nos. 92-100 have daily circulation numbers of 100,000 or smaller, with the Impresa-owned La Opinión of Los Angeles, California, at 100,462 and the Lee Enterprises-owned Arizona Daily Star out of Tucson, Arizona, at 94,055
media  newspapers  usa  news  statistics  wikipedia  reference  journalism  business  economics 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
One Banker’s Plan to Save the Newspaper Industry - Deal Journal - WSJ
There is widespread confusion and has always been regarding the source of the shocking historic profitability of many newspapers. The most profitable newspapers have tended to be monopoly markets with circulation of 20,000 to 100,000 readers. These are not sexy papers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, which have historically have significantly low margins.
media  journalism  newspapers  business  economics  cities  money 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
MediaNews Reaches Deal to Defer Debt Payments - DealBook Blog - NYTimes.com
Like many newspaper companies, MediaNews took on huge amounts of debt to finance a string of acquisitions, including The San Jose Mercury News and more than 30 smaller papers in the San Francisco Bay Area. According to Standard & Poor’s Leveraged Commentary and Data, MediaNews took out a $350 million term loan in 2006 to finance the purchase of four newspapers from McClatchy.

In its forebearance agreement with its banks, led by Bank of America, MediaNews will forgo payments while it attempts to reorganize its capital structure, the people briefed on the matter said. The move will also help preserve the publisher’s cash.
medianews  journalism  business  corporations  contracostatimes  media  newspapers  economics 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Incredible Shrinking State News Press Corps - Raw Fisher - Washingtonpost.com
Many bloggers say that far from being able to replace professional reporters, they actually suffer from the diminished flow of state news. "What I can't offer on my blogs is the relationships, the institutional memory, the why, the history that reporters who know the capital can bring to their stories," says Waldo Jaquith, who blogs on Virginia politics and runs a site, RichmondSunlight.com, that tracks every bill. "Newspapers can describe the candidates for governor in a more balanced, deeper way because you don't have a dog in the race. We bloggers do."
politics  newspapers  media  business  journalism  news  economics  government 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Consumers skip Starbucks for plain ol' joe - Crain's New York Business
Coffee drinkers who have scaled back the most since the beginning of the year, according to the online survey of 500 Americans conducted between Jan. 14 and 15, are consumers aged 45 to 54, with fully half (50.4%) saying they have "cut back a lot" on fancy or expensive takeout coffee. That was followed by consumers 35 to 44 (37.5%) and 25 to 34 (33.3%). As might be expected, those who had trimmed the expense the most were in the lower of the survey's income brackets (48.6% earned between $20,000 and $39,000, and 33.6% earned below $20,000; the latter presumably included college students, who are a sweet spot for Starbucks).
But salary didn't appear to be that big a factor among the 92% who said they are cutting back on back on expensive coffee to save money: The percentage was close to even across all income levels, including $75,000-plus.
coffee  drinking  economics  beverages  caffeine  work  finance  research 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Adweek: Cracking the (Social) Code
Thanks to sites like Facebook and MySpace, consumers now experience the world through the company they keep -- a very caveman-like concept. The fact that marketers are struggling with this shift is somewhat ironic. Great marketers have long known that social dynamics play a critical factor in brand and purchase decisions, and the key to success is becoming an ingrained part of the consumer conversation. Here are some ways how [...]
marketing  socialnetworking  social  identity  business  economics 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Beyoncé's new single spells economic doom | Music | guardian.co.uk
"[...] According to findings by Phil Maymin, professor of finance and risk engineering at New York University, the more regular the beat on Billboard's top singles, the more volatile the American markets. After studying decades of Billboard's Hot 100 hits, Maymin found that songs with low "beat variance" had an inverse correlation with market turbulence. Which is to say, the more regular the song, the crazier the stock market. [...]"
music  business  finance  stocks  research  economics 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Contemplating the Consumerist sale and the adpocalypse
In conclusion, the online advertising experiment in which so many of us have engaged is really only ten years or so old. Those who say that it's "mature" are not only mistaken, but they drastically underestimate what a true break the web is from the offline media that came before. We've had a few hundred years to learn to monetize print, over 75 years to monetize TV, and, most importantly, millennia to build business models based on scarcity. In contrast, our collective effort to monetize post-scarcity digital media have only just begun.
marketing  online  media  magazines  newspapers  blogging  television  economics  business 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
New York Times Economix Blog: New York, New York, America's Resilient City
[...] According to National Association of Realtors data, New York is the only city in the continental United States, outside of San Francisco Bay, where median sales prices remain north of $500,000. [...]

[...] This is not the first time that New York has weathered a downturn well. Between 1950 and 2000, all but 2 of the 10 largest American cities lost 20 percent or more of their populations. America’s older, colder cities were buffeted badly by an exodus of manufacturing jobs, suburbanization and the move to the Sun Belt. Some cities — Cleveland, Detroit and St. Louis — shrank to one-half or less of their former size. New York and Los Angeles were the two cities that grew. While Los Angeles had everything going for it — cars, sunshine, movie stars — New York, then as now, seemed to have everything going against it. [...]
newyork  nyc  nytimes  losangeles  realestate  housing  economics 
january 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
Salary, Gender and the Social Cost of Haggling - washingtonpost.com
"It is not that women always act one way and men act another way; it tends to be moderated by situational factors. The point of this paper is: Yes, there is an economic rationale to negotiate, but you have to weigh that against social risks of negotiating. What we show is those risks are higher for women than for men."
men  women  work  jobs  money  social  psychology  economics  gender  power  identity  reputation  business  marketing 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Not ye olde banners | The Economist
Online traffic, in other words, is moving towards sites where advertising has so far proved ineffective and is therefore cheap. This, says Ms Meeker, presents an opportunity for innovation and arbitrage by clever marketing managers as they cut their conventional ad budgets. It may also provide a glimmer of hope for the advertising industry as it enters recession.
online  marketing  economics  money  media  web  innovation 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com | Obama and the dawn of the Fourth Republic
"[...] The first three American republics display a remarkably similar pattern. Their 72-year life span is divided into two 36-year periods (again, give or take a year -- this is not astrology). During the first 36-year period of a republic, ambitious nation-builders in the tradition of Alexander Hamilton strengthen the powers of the federal government and promote economic modernization. During the second 36-year phase of a republic, there is a Jeffersonian backlash, in favor of small government, small business and an older way of life. During the backlash era, Jeffersonians manage to modify, but never undo, the structure created by the Hamiltonians in the previous era. [...]"
politics  technology  history  economics  obama  government  usa 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
France. Sex. Problem? - NYTimes.com
“Prostitution is the last sexual territory owned by men. Men are in control of pleasure and have the right to buy it. Women do not. A lot of my friends are alone, lonely, divorced. They can’t always reinvent themselves with another man and a new family. So I decided to show a female client of a male escort. She’s not a victim. She is a woman who is in control of her life, her feelings, her sexual pleasure.”
gender  sex  culture  europe  film  society  movies  france  women  men  economics  marketing  books  happiness  feminism 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - The Behavioral Revolution - NYTimes.com
Roughly speaking, there are four steps to every decision. First, you perceive a situation. Then you think of possible courses of action. Then you calculate which course is in your best interest. Then you take the action. [...]
nytimes  economics  psychology  social  thinking  behavior  attention  reputation 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Contributor - Margare Atwood - A Matter of Life and Debt - NYTimes.com
We are social creatures who must interact for mutual benefit, and — the negative version — who harbor grudges when we feel we’ve been treated unfairly. Without a sense of fairness and also a level of trust, without a system of reciprocal altruism and tit-for-tat — one good turn deserves another, and so does one bad turn — no one would ever lend anything, as there would be no expectation of being paid back. And people would lie, cheat and steal with abandon, as there would be no punishments for such behavior.
money  work  ethics  writing  essay  aesthetics  relationships  psychology  altruism  happiness  crime  behavior  culture  history  economics  literature  sociology  finance  rhetoric 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Six Apart CEO: Down Economy Boosts Blogging | Epicenter from Wired.com
"When you don't know where else to invest," he explains, "you invest in yourself." Which is kind of a slick way of saying that when you get laid off or your company goes under, it's a good time to build your personal brand by blogging. Or, for that matter, if you suddenly find yourself with a lot of time on your hands, you might blog to fill the empty spaces. "You look for a way to reassert control," Alden points out. "That's a reason blogging surges in down times."
blogging  economics  finance  marketing  internet  work  jobs  diy 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - Thomas Friedman - Why How Matters - NYTimes.com
ou do things matters more than ever, because so many more people can now see how you do things, be affected by how you do things and tell others how you do things on the Internet anytime, for no cost and without restraint.

“In a connected world, countries, governments and companies also have character, and their character — how they do what they do, how they keep promises, how they make decisions, how things really happen inside, how they connect and collaborate, how they engender trust, how they relate to their customers, to the environment and to the communities in which they operate — is now their fate.”
business  corporations  ethics  identity  reputation  social  government  economics  environment  community 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
SPIEGEL ONLINE - Druckversion - The End of Arrogance: America Loses Its Dominant Economic Role - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
"The new US president will only have been in office for a short time when a document titled 'Global Trends 2025' appears on his desk. The report is being prepared by analysts at the National Intelligence Council. Its chairman, Thomas Fingar, has already released a preview, and reading it will not exactly be enjoyable for proud American. 'Although the United States will remain the most important power, American dominance will be sharply reduced,' says Fingar. According to the preview of the report, the erosion of American supremacy will "accelerate in the areas of politics and economics, and possibly culture."
usa  toread  war  economics  power  politics  futurism  finance  realestate  stocks  europe  germany 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Estelle, the poster child for artificial scarcity | Technology | Los Angeles Times
"Searching for a glimpse into the record company's rationale, I called Frank Luby, a co-author of 'Manage for Profit, Not for Market Share: A Guide to Greater Profits in Highly Contested Markets.' (I should have asked him about newspapers while I had him on the phone. D'ohhhh!)"
music  business  economics  itunes  apple  technology  uk  newspapers  corporations 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - Georgia on My Mind - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
"[I]nnovation is now the only path to growth, prosperity, environmental sustainability and national security for America. But it is also an incredibly competitive world. Many information industries require that products be improved by 100 percent every 12 to 36 months, just for the company to stay in business."
innovation  creativity  usa  economics  russia  business  corporations  energy  security 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Steering Clear of Energy's Volatility - washingtonpost.com
"Amana Trust Growth (symbol: AMAGX) is the largest U.S. fund that invests according to Islamic law. The fund keeps trading to a minimum because Islamic law equates it to gambling. It has benefited from gains in some of its long-term investments, such as Apple. The fund is down 5.26 percent this year and up 15.31 percent over five years."
islam  investing  economics  religion  law  finance  apple  oil  energy  usa  stocks 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Recovering Journalist: What Will Happen When the Presses Go Silent?
"[...] Sure. It will still have its various corporate headquarters, beautiful architecture and parks, international airport, pro sports teams, a thriving music scene, opera, theater, good restaurants, great neighborhoods and all of the other things that make up a major city. It just won't have its old-fashioned daily newspaper. [...]"
newspapers  journalism  media  business  news  web  economics  local  economy  future  cities 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Off the Shelf - A Journalist in B-School Wonderland - NYTimes.com
“Business schools no longer produce just business leaders. M.B.A.’s determine the lives many of us will lead, the hours we work, the vacations we get, the culture we consume, the health care we receive, and the education provided to our children.”
business  education  harvard  journalism  media  books  newspapers  finance  economics  culture 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Given a Shovel, Digging Deeper Into Debt - NYTimes.com
“One of the tricks in the credit card business is that people have an inherent guilt with spending. What you want is to have people feel good about their purchases.”
money  jobs  work  marketing  economics  bank  usa 
july 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
Special Report: China In Africa | Fast Company
"An unfathomably vast terrain comprising 49 nations, the sub-Sahara represents nearly one-fifth of the earth's landmass. Yet its total economy is tinier than Florida's. Here, 300 million people get by on less than $1 a day."
activism  africa  china  economics  environment  globalization  usa 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Rob Walker
"[...] Being a consumer is part of being sentient in America. The very pervasiveness of consumer culture is the reason we don't really think about it too deeply. In my view, that's a big mistake. [...]"
marketing  economics  usa  corporations  business  money  culture  books 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
6 Cars Built for $4 Gas - FlowChart (usnews.com)
"The top seller is almost always a pickup truck—either the Ford F Series or the Chevy Silverado—but with pickup sales tanking, the Civic edged them out."
cars  marketing  economics  transit  transportation 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Fine On Media Dean Singleton’s Speech In Sweden: 19 Of The Top 50 US Newspapers Are Losing Money - BusinessWeek
"In San Francisco, we have consolidated reporting and editing functions to eliminate costly duplication, just as we’ve merged production, administration, accounting and circulation of our newspapers."
medianews  media  economics  business  corporations  editing  journalism  yahoo  labor  unions 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - Paul Krugman - Bits, Bands and Books, Paying for Creativity in a Digital World - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
"[E]verything that can be digitized will be digitized, making intellectual property ever easier to copy and ever harder to sell for more than a nominal price. And we’ll have to find business and economic models that take this reality into account."
business  internet  media  publishing  nytimes  economics 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
What’s an Investor to Do if a Star Firm Stumbles? - New York Times
"It has been a rough stretch for those who have invested with Bruce S. Sherman, the co-founder of Private Capital Management." (I'll say it again: Sherman? And the horse he rode in on.)
economics  corporations  medianews  knightridder  business  newspapers  apple 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Subprime vets saw their industry, finances vanish in a flash - Mar. 31, 2008
"You kept looking everyday to see if your company was on there or not. It seemed like every day there was a company going under. You know you could take a roller coaster ride down. But you never envisioned it could be a free fall."
crime  housing  realestate  california  business  corporations  economics  money 
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
Buffett says U.S. in recession | U.S. | Reuters
"By any common sense definition, we are in a recession. Business is slowing down. We have retail stores in candy, home furnishings and jewelry; across the board, I'm seeing a significant slowdown."
economics  news  usa  money 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Facing Default, Some Walk Out on New Homes
“Will everyone walk out? No. But there’s been a cultural shift. Buying a house used to be like entering a marriage, a commitment for life. Now, if you see something better, you go back into the dating market.”
realestate  economics  housing 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
In the Drama of Britney Spears, a Show Business Fortune Is at Risk - New York Times
“My gut feeling is people will still want to be associated with her. Everyone thinks there’s going to be a comeback at some point. You could mention her name in Afghanistan, Israel, Greece or South Africa, and everyone knows who she is. You can’t bu
celebrity  economics  reputation  identity  marketing 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How Media Would Weather Recession - Advertising Age - MediaWorks
"I don't know, necessarily, if someone's budget is cut, that their choice will be to go to newspaper, because newspaper is very expensive to buy. When you start looking at how many people you're reaching and how much it's costing, it's an expensive medium
cable  marketing  media  radio  newspapers  online  television  economics 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Media Work Force Sinks to 15-Year Low - Advertising Age - News
"Newspapers, TV and radio all cut staffing last year. The only media sectors to add jobs: magazines (up a meager 400 jobs) and internet media companies (up 9,200)."
work  publishing  news  media  marketing  labor  jobs  economics  career  journalism  corporations  newspapers 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: An Industry Imperiled by Falling Profits and Shrinking Ads
“That’s another thing that made 2007 a watershed, the dawning realization that you can’t expect 25 percent annual growth in digital revenue. Nobody knows just when this thing bottoms out, or how far down.”
internet  media  newspapers  journalism  labor  jobs  sandiego  minneapolis  philadelphia  business  corporations  economics  marketing 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Sadness may encourage more extravagance - Yahoo! News
"This is a phenomenon that occurs without awareness. This is really different from the idea of retail therapy, where people are feeling negative and want to cheer themselves up by shopping. People have no idea this is going on."
psychology  marketing  business  corporations  economics  research  design  happiness  social  behavior 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Scientific American: Super Tuesday: Markets Predict Outcome Better Than Polls
Back in the day, "[n]ewspapers would routinely run stories on the odds for a particular candidate, reports that often proved to be surprisingly prescient. In that sense, prediction markets may truly hark back to the future."
behavior  politics  ritual  newspapers  media  information  economics 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories - New York Times
"China not only was the world’s biggest palm oil importer last year, holding steady at 5.2 million tons in the first 11 months of the year, but it also doubled its soybean oil imports to 2.9 million tons, forcing buyers elsewhere to switch to palm oil."
china  food  globalization  economics  farming  health  asia 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
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