There's so much mood-related news in the headlines that it's literally hard to know what to include in this week's update. So … how did we decide what to cover? Put simply, we went with the most important stories that the media is covering the least. Listen on & see how we did...
What is the most common activity in America that gets citizens arrested? It's a serious question. As you think about an answer, think also about how serious an arrest record is. It follows you like a brand to the forehead. It makes it harder to be employed, get an education, or get credit. You know, the stuff you need to have a life...
The speed and volume of news stories in recent weeks reminds me of the break at the start of a game of pool: The cue ball strikes a tight cluster of 15 other balls, which move so fast that your eye simply can't follow every one of them.
So you have to be selective -- and we can help with that, especially when it comes to spotting the important, mood-driven stories.
Hillary says Trump is a bigot. Trump says Hillary is the devil. This is the verbal artillery we expect to hear only in the final, desperate days of the campaign. What's left to say once you've spoken those words about your opponent? It's only the first week of August…
Does news coverage of "threats" help you know what the threats really are? How DO you think about real vs. perceived threats -- to your safety, health, and life? And, what the heck do bookmakers have to do with these questions? Check out this episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture for the answers.
Why are so many people are playing Pokémon Go? For starters, it's lighthearted fun. Catching Pokémon is kind of like when you chased fireflies as a kid -- they're cool. You want to catch 'em, not kill 'em. And, hordes of Millennials are playing Pokémon Go out of nostalgia: They grew up on Pokémon and now it's on their single-most indispensable device -- the cell phone. Less obvious is the peer pressure -- which is a watered down way of describing social mood. Yes, I'm going there. And I can credibly say that we started "going there" with Pokémon back in 1999...
There's an old saying in war and in politics: "Never interrupt your opponent when he's destroying himself." Yet the two major-party candidates can't even follow that simple wisdom -- which is one of the many reasons we explore, Why People Keep Asking, "Is This 1968?"
As the world was falling apart, a towering maestro gave the world an exquisite composition that both captured and reflected the grievous sentiment of that time. This week’s episode of Pop Trends, Prices Culture tells that exceptional story (rebroadcast).
Even hard-core political junkies have labored to keep up with the 2016 election headlines. Yet in the onslaught of news, there is a huge untold story: Social mood is depopulating the two major political parties…
Throughout this year, the past few weeks, even the past couple of days -- the waves of memorable news keep rolling in. There's little reason to think the pace will slow down anytime soon. We help ensure that you see what we see: The mood behind headlines, in Brexit, the coming U.S. elections, and lots more.
Before the moral panics that tried to stamp out rock-n-roll, video game violence and satanic ritual abuse, came the first -- and most successful -- crusade to stop the "Seduction of the Innocent." The fact that most people don't know about it tells you just how effective it was…
Our line-up of topics this week offers a lot to learn, from why Nazis are the ultimate bad guys to a sugar tax to stocks & politics -- even a commentary on "Why Orlando?"
It's worth your time to (please) listen on.
If a nation can have a bad week, then the week beginning Sunday June 12 was pretty awful. We all know about the mass shooting in Orlando. Yet what followed only made things worse. The murder of 49 people has been grotesquely politicized -- far MORE politicized than in any instance of a mass shooting. Pop Trends Price Culture considers, "Why?"
Do you understand the pitfalls of cause and effect, action and reaction and trend extrapolation? The correct understanding -- as in, you "get it" in a way you can use -- really is within your grasp. It can begin with just a few questions, as you'll discover in one of the items we include with this week's topics…
… including right-wing politics in Europe, the stock market & health, and the role mood played in the very public life of the man who called himself "The Greatest."
In the 20th century or any other, there's never been a one-man intersection of sports, politics and pop culture, the way we witnessed in Muhammad Ali. Yet this podcast is not mere tribute. We do have something to add, a relevant context to the epic and very public life that Ali lived. And I may as well take the risk of saying that our observation is one you won't hear elsewhere...
Can you name the MOST authoritarian government document in U.S. history? A Pulitzer Prize winning author described it as a plan "for America's intelligence services ... to monitor the communications of American citizens, intensify the electronic surveillance of dissidents, read their mail, burglarize their homes and offices, and step up undercover spying." Pop Trends, Price Culture connects the dots from the 1960s to the 1970s and to our day.
This is an amazing time to be a news-watcher, more amazing still if you can actually sort it out along the way. The headline above previews our topics this week -- we go around the world, into the past, and into the future.
So please strap in for the ride…
Let's get started.
Who's America's biggest political bully of the past 70 years? That's the question -- so discover how your (elected politician only) answer compares to the person we describe in this episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture.
In recent decades, many popular models of human behavior -- in politics, urban planning, and financial markets -- have been discarded. The problem with them was…
… They didn't work. Those flawed models assumed a type of efficiency and rationality in collective human behavior that simply isn't there.
Alas, it's easier to toss out the old flawed model than it is to replace it with a better one. But we're working on a social mood model that's really, really promising.
Listen on and hear it for yourself.
Jane Jacobs saw a solution when nobody else even saw a problem. The problem she saw was, that planners and architects and master builders of her day held fatally flawed set of 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...
After you peel back the spectacle, a lot of news these days is hard to read. Threats and hard-to-calculate risks dwell right below the surface.
Yet an understanding of social mood allows you to go deeper than 'right below the surface' -- you can actually get to the bottom of the story. And not just one story… but the trend itself, which drives so many otherwise unrelated events.
Listen on and hear it for yourself.
One of the greatest and most influential "David vs. Goliath" stories in 20th century America is all but unknown today. 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.
When people no longer agree on who is allowed to go into which public bathroom … well, something ain't right in the world.
And that's literally what this week's news is telling us, from Brazil to Turkey to "American History's Most Presumptive Nominee for President."
Read on and learn how mood is at work.
What kind of scenario "leads to a multi-decade setback or dissolution" of one of the major political parties? From the top down and the bottom up, the answer is unfolding right before our eyes. Listen to the big picture story.
After the long-term stock market low in late 1974, positive social mood slowly began to build. Cultural evidence of the positive turn became visible in the success of great black comedians on stage, in film, and on television. Our friend Dr. Dennis Elam delivers part two of the story.