It had been a bear market for a lot of years. The headlines were a parade of scary bad news. People were so polarized that fan groups began to hate on each another's music -- hostility so strong that it became its own trend. Then, an episode of this negative mood literally exploded its way into America's National Pastime: Namely, in the outfield between games of a double header.
In a typical week, you have lots & lots of choices about what to read, hear and watch. But this week of the year is not typical -- it's the holidays. Meaning, your choices and time demands feel more crowded.
Yet you chose to give a few moments of your time to us. Please know that we're grateful for that.
We hope you have a great holiday,
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There's no need to explain the name "Scrooge." It can be spoken playfully, but when someone uses that name seriously you know what it means: Heartless. Unforgiving. Spiteful in a season that calls for generosity. Yet for this Christmas season, Pop Trends Price Culture goes where even a "contrarian" might fear to tread -- by defending Ebenezer Scrooge.
What does positive social mood actually do?
For starters, if you're in a population that has enjoyed an extended period of positive mood, outbreaks of disease are less likely to happen. If mood is positive and you personally hold a relatively higher place in the social hierarchy, odds are even higher that you'll avoid an outbreak of disease.
Alas, of course, if those circumstances apply to you in reverse … well, be especially mindful to stay current with your flu shot (etc).
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Political language is front & center today, more so than at any time in decades. News or fake news, plus liars, lies, damned lies and statistics, have blurred the line between fact, opinion, and shameless BS.
This episode excerpts an essay that could not be more relevant. It's from a time when social mood was recognizably similar to our own: Polarization ran deep, all disagreements were politicized, fear of "The Other" ran rampant. People felt threatened by certain ideologies. Listen for yourself to just how familiar it sounds...
More education. More information. More entertainment. More quality goods and services to consume…
All this we have, or have available to us. When we live in a world with increasing opportunities to improve our own quality of life, then why do political outcomes world-wide seem to express so much dissatisfaction, grievance and anger?
That's a big question, and I don't pretend to have simple & fast answers. But at least one can ask. And social mood needs to be part of the discussion that follows.
RCA had an unrivaled influence on 20th century entertainment technologies -- it was the path to stardom for dozens of performers in both the Golden Age of Radio and Television. Yet, RCA share price never truly caught up to 1929. What's the lesson? Listen in to Pop Trends, Price Culture discover why.
"Smoke" is the metaphor or image people commonly use to warn that the heat from a small combustion may soon become a much larger blaze. And that's the word that came to my mind in listening to Brian Whitmer's discussion of populist politics in Europe.
The word smoke does of course still carry an important literal meaning -- as in, the stuff that does your lungs no good. This week, the literal and metaphorical smoke we spotted in the news adds up to mood-driven events.
Listen on to hear what we see.
In 1968, anyone with a sense of American politics and history knew that they were living in a uniquely tumultuous time. Then, in August '68 came the epic, mood-driven debates between two men that created "The Best of Enemies." You may or may not know the story -- but Pop Trends, Price Culture helps you see (and hear) it in a whole new light.