In our first ever 3-microphone episode, Alan Hall, Senior Analyst for The Socionomist, joins Robert Folsom and T.R. for an open discussion of social mood, politics, and the "peaceful" transfer of power in Washington D.C.
The more interesting something seems, the more likely you are to engage with it emotionally. Interest and emotion are hard to keep separate -- the closer you look, the more your rational mind can begin to give way to the whims of like and dislike. And boy, have we ever started to "live in interesting times."
An understanding of social mood is not a superpower that allows emotion-free insights. Yet, it can help equip you with an analytical perspective, to help distinguish facts from fake-news fiction. Listen on and see if you agree.
We're in uncharted territory. Donald Trump has defied political history at every turn. But, does history become irrelevant just because you're in uncharted territory? Water is still wet in uncharted territory, and if you cut yourself you'll probably still bleed.
A real honeymoon means a happy couple -- and Donald Trump hasn't done much to make his bride -- namely the public -- happy. She's being dragged along kicking and screaming...
Whenever one news story dominates the headlines long enough, other important news can go unnoticed. Like right now: The Russia-Putin-Trump train wreck is a compelling story, but when it comes to a U.S. military confrontation, the risks posed by China may be the story to watch.
Lots of critics say television has been in a second "Golden Era." But truth be told, the phrase 'Dark Golden Era' describes it better -- because the best shows in the past 15 years have indeed been a deep shade of "dark gold." Listen in and hear Robert Folsom's four top nominees for the best and most conspicuously negative shows since 1999 (yes, including Game of Thrones).
Can apologies fall "out of fashion"?
Yes indeed, especially grand-scale apologies made for grand-scale injustices done in the past. Negative vs. positive social mood drives the desire to express regret, or not.
Listen on to hear what we see.
The 'Rural Purge' of the 1970-1971 season changed television forever -- it was fast, dramatic and revolutionary, yet it's all but unknown today. This historic transformation reveals an influence more powerful than historians and sociologists can ever discern.