For the past 100 years, social mood has been pivotal in America’s decisions to go to war. This episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture shows just how true this was for World War I – despite then-president Woodrow Wilson’s promises to remain neutral.
We've often commented on how mood is the thread that connects otherwise unrelated stories. This week, however, our topics blend beautifully. As in, marijuana, group membership, and The Beatles.
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More than a half-dozen U.S. states have made it mandatory in elementary schools, and 40 more states may do likewise. Have you heard what's on the leading edge of instigating the "Return to Basics"? (hint: ink stains…)
Master political infighter. Student of human weakness. Bureaucrat supreme. Brilliant Machiavellian schemer. And, "American History's Greatest One-Man Barometer of Social Mood." Discover who this person was -- through a socionomic lens.
Driving your car is a solo activity. In truth, however, we're almost never truly alone when we drive…
… Because, we have to share the road with other drivers. Sometimes lots and lots of other drivers. Meaning, road travel is a collective activity with clearly observable patterns of collective behavior. Does this mean that some periods include patterns of safer driving? The evidence says, "Absolutely."
Read the evidence for yourself -- plus all about the role social mood plays in "Globalization," as well as the current reappearance of America's oldest political controversy.
Immigration policy has been an epic contradiction all thru U.S. history. America is “a nation of immigrants,” yet major political trends in American frequently include outbursts of anti-immigration sentiment.
Pop Trends, Price Culture offers a way to un-puzzle this issue – including recent-cases-in-point – via the clarity that comes with understanding social mood.
What is your "Unit of Allegiance"? Assuming you've considered the question, it would be easy to assume that our allegiances and loyalties expand as globalization grows. Yet, that assumption overlooks an equally powerful influence in what drives loyalty to begin with.
Listen on about the role of the same "influence" in making apologies, and in making adults act like kids.
Which "unusual" category had three books climb to Amazon's list of 10 best-selling books in 2015? Hint: The last time anything like this happened, John F. Kennedy was in the White House and Barbara Streisand had a weird, sappy hit about these very kind of books…