Jane Jacobs saw a solution when nobody else even saw a problem. The problem she saw was, planners and architects and master builders of her day held fatally flawed assumptions about human behavior -- that the way people in cities live is perfectly rational and efficient and chaos-free. And that is why their urban renewal projects were destructive. Their model was all wrong. Does this sound familiar?
It should for anyone who took economics 101...
The sun never sets on social mood -- and around the world, upheaval and apprehension now fill our screens and headlines, in the mix of mood and politics.
One of the greatest and most influential "David vs. Goliath" stories in 20th century America is all but unknown these days. An obscure, apparently ill-equipped female went up against the man who may be history's most prolific developer. This is episode one of a two-episode story about their decade-long battle.
Perhaps you'll agree: It used to be hard during some weeks to find news worth describing. Yet the "new normal" is the near opposite: So much mood-related news … makes it hard indeed to select just two or three.
We are watching the past become the present right before our eyes. It may not LOOK that way, but make no mistake: It's happening. Pop Trends, Price Culture shows three ways Donald Trump is upholding presidential tradition, abnormally.
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.
We're living thru an especially ironic moment. More people have more time to learn more information more easily than ever in history. And yet… we're also up to our collective waists in junk science, fake news, group-think and shameless propaganda.
In other words: It's never been more important to have a sharp "B.S" detector. An understanding of social mood is an important step in that direction. Listen on to hear what we see.