Professor Maximilian Forte provides a brilliant analysis of social media & us. It's a sad picture.
Summary: New media mark the chapters in the history of politics. Newspaper, radio, TV, and now social media -- each generation of media transformed politics. Those who mastered the new media thrived; those that didn't, failed. Here Stratfor brings in experts to discuss the Arab Spring, Campaign 2016, and what happens next. The Next Front … Continue reading Stratfor looks at the power of social media to tilt politics
Summary: Next in this series looking the Saudi Princes' attempts to cope with the 21st century, we share Stratfor's analysis of how the Princes and Iran's mullahs (aka ruhani) are responding to their irresistible common enemy -- the internet, and especially social media. "Information wants to be free"" --- Stewart Brand told Steve Wozniak at … Continue reading Stratfor: Iran’s mullahs and the Saudi Princes fight to control the internet
Summary: Again the US stock market skates on the edge of an abyss, this time without the Fed holding a safety net. We've seen this combination of peaking economy and overvalued stocks; it never ends well. Too bad we don't learn from history. But I suspect we'll soon get another opportunity. The Fed is like … Continue reading The stock market gives us its 2 classic warnings. Will we listen?
Summary: The internet is a mirror in which we can see important aspects of America. Businesses funded by speculation (greed) struggle to survive in an era of few opportunities and falling investment, while high technology and rising inequality reshape America. The social media stocks are in this maelstrom, as virtual advertising space grows faster than … Continue reading The advertising glut dooms the social media industry