Category Archives: Diverse topics

The 24-Hour News Cycle in 2013


The cycle prob­a­bly started when Ted Turner pieced together CNN, but with­out the sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal advances in com­mu­ni­ca­tions and com­put­ers that ener­gize You Tube, Google, Twit­ter, et al, plus the bat­tle for audi­ences and read­ers in the media, it wouldn’t have turned into a mon­ster. Prac­ti­cally there is no limit to what will get […]

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The Situation in Syria


In what con­cerns Syria’s civil war and the recent use of chem­i­cal weapons against civil­ians, it seems as if hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple share the opin­ion that the best course West­ern democ­ra­cies could fol­low is to help the refugees, demand that the crim­i­nals are brought to jus­tice, wait for irrefutable evi­dence about who gassed […]

Yunel Escobar’s slur didn’t come from left field


Two or three min­utes after I saw the photo of Escobar’s cheeks and read the news sto­ries, I con­sid­ered writ­ing this. But I decided to wait until things returned to nor­mal so peo­ple would read me with cooler heads. It’s impor­tant to say I’ve never met the Toronto Blue Jays short-stop and don’t think I […]

Marketing Gaming


On Octo­ber 8, Peggy Noo­nan, a Wall Street Jour­nal colum­nist and deep thinker, stated: Peo­ple, as we know, are imper­fect. Gov­ern­ments, com­posed top to bot­tom of imper­fect peo­ple wield­ing power, are very imper­fect. There are of course a mil­lion exam­ples, big and small, of how gov­ern­ments can dam­age the actual nature and char­ac­ter of the […]

The worst enemies of capitalism


In late 2002 or early 2003, resid­ing in Spain, I read a lauda­tory arti­cle on cap­i­tal­ism in a pres­ti­gious, pro-market, right-of-centre British mag­a­zine that included this asser­tion: “Some cap­i­tal­ists are the worst ene­mies of cap­i­tal­ism.” Twenty or more years ear­lier I had con­cluded that a num­ber of politi­cians and reli­gious lead­ers are the worst enemies […]

The regressive nature of Communism


The human race has been unsuc­cess­fully try­ing to crack a num­ber of nuts for sev­eral mil­len­nia. In our time, bil­lions of peo­ple all over the world are greatly con­cerned with the 21st century’s social prob­lems. Most wealthy democ­ra­cies con­front predica­ments such as ter­ror­ism, wars abroad, global warm­ing, crime, drugs, ille­gal immi­gra­tion, ever-increasing prices and taxes, […]

The influence of promotion on the entertainment and cultural markets


Sell­ers go to mar­ket­places to make money by offer­ing goods and ser­vices, and the same rules apply to mar­ket­places the world over. Make, har­vest or extract some­thing, price it accord­ingly and offer it for sale. It seems, though, as in the last one hun­dred years the ever-increasing role of pro­mo­tion has pro­foundly changed the buyer-seller […]