You know their names -- Pryor, Cosby, Eddie Murphy and more -- the great black comedians of the past 50 years. Yet you may not realize how these great comic voices were also the "audio track" for the trends and turns in social mood across the decades. Our friend Dr. Dennis Elam tells the story.
I enjoyed meeting and speaking with friends and subscribers this past weekend, during our annual Social Mood Conference in Atlanta. It's a day dedicated to gleaning the trend in mood, as it shows itself in the never-boring flow of news and events we bring you on this each week. Please listen on and plug in.
It was the one year in the 20th century that the United States population actually decreased in size. Several mood-driven events intersected to create a catastrophic outcome. The question is, what have we learned?...
Socio News in 200 Seconds | It took a long time for political correctness to become a social norm. But now a mood-driven, "new normal" is in direct conflict with that old social norm: And the violent death of political correctness appears to be unfolding in real time. The strong mood trend will have its way -- though it ain't always pretty. Please listen on and learn for yourself.
It's easy to ignore information that contradicts what you think you know. Yet it's hard later on to find out that the information was right -- and that you were mistaken. We've all been there -- and most of us try to learn from our mistakes. But, you can't say that you're "learning from a mistake" if you have information you know is correct and choose to ignore it…
Who actually tries to get away with making the most outrageous and extreme comments in public? No, not professional wrestlers. The answer is, “Aspirants to the Oval Office.” Pop Trends, Price Culture explained why the Stupid Season of presidential politics arrived nearly a year and a half ahead of schedule.
We survey history's greatest horror films across the decades, and WHY they so often cluster during stock market declines. It's no coincidence. And don't miss the exquisitely done chart that brings the "why" to life visually, on the show notes page.
Alastair Macdonald has a pretty cool resume: Successful business owner, stockbroker on Wall Street, and a real estate investor. Yet he was born & raised in Zimbabwe, so before his career in finance he was a professional hunter and safari guide -- including leading a National Geographic film crew on a safari on the Zambezi River. Alastair has had amazing success using socionomics to anticipate major trend changes: This episode is a preview of what he'll have to say as a speaker at our Social Mood conference this coming April 9th in Atlanta.
The FBI knew who it was up against: Apple is a beloved and admired tech company, with hundreds of millions of loyal users. So, the FBI waited until it had a high-profile, clear-cut case of appalling terrorism to make its move. But what the FBI didn't foresee is just how anti-authoritarian Apple was (and is) prepared to be.
The 2016 presidential race had already become the most fractious since 1968, yet in the days immediately following Super Tuesday (March 1) this election cycle mutated from a semi-amusing food fight amongst the candidates, and into an epic mood-driven political showdown. Hear the latest on Pop Trends, Price Culture.
Andrew Baptiste’s career spans three decades on Wall Street, including senior positions at Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan. Yet his familiarity with the Elliott Wave Principle began even earlier, as an insight literally passed from father to son. Hear him for yourself in this week’s episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture.
Socio News in 200 Seconds | Sort of war, and sort of peace summarize two of this week's news items. Both involve the U.S. government -- but the curious truth is, the "war" is a domestic dispute with the world's biggest tech company, while the "peace" is with an old international enemy. Please listen on and discover the role of mood in both.
Dr. Dennis Elam is a tenured accounting professor at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He is an expert in finance, yet Professor Elam blows up stereotypes about the accounting profession. He's incredibly well versed in popular culture: his insights go from Richard Pryor, to themes in cinema, to the "mob museum" in Las Vegas. Dr. Elam will join us as a featured speaker on April 9 in Atlanta, for the 2016 Social Mood Conference.
Socio News in 200 Seconds | When you see or hear about a really big wall going up, negative social mood is probably at work. Seriously. A very tall and/or long wall is, by definition, exclusive. It's a barrier designed to keep people in or out. How do the dots connect?
Win the White House by making it cool to be politically incorrect? This strategy is working for more than one candidate. Even so, the un-PC trend is only an effect. There's a much bigger cause to explain why so many people today despise political correctness.
"What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today"?
Gallup asks this question in its monthly "Social Series" poll of Americans. Throughout 2015, the most common answer by far was "Dissatisfaction with government/Congress/politicians." Mood-driven anger really can be its own trend -- a thought worth keeping in mind as you read our first item below, and during the political season ahead.
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.
Socio News in 200 Seconds | This week we're pulling right from the news headlines: Three items on two issues that aren't going away soon -- namely the Zika disease and debt -- plus, we offer an item on a third topic which may be off the radar for the foreseeable future. Let's get started...
Let's play "Name That Fear Tune." Listen to a couple of brief clips from a certain video presentation, and see if you can guess the topic behind the "fear tune." Hint: It's not the kind of dry documentary that's made for over-educated people...
Socio News in 200 Seconds | Podcast listeners will probably recall Dennis Elam from our 4th of July episode, "Hear How An Independent Mind Truly Works." Dr. Elam will join us for the 2016 Social Mood Conference in April, which is fast approaching. More on that when you listen on - plus dark real estate, David Bowie, and the role of social mood in the outcome of political protests.
What happens when you speak against your country's decision to go to war? Nothing good, most of the time: It's the hardest kind of political dissent. Here's a true tale of dissenters who were (so to speak) jailed by negative mood, yet remained in prison for years even after mood turned positive.
Socio News in 200 Seconds | Good history gets the facts right. Great history finds the stories that makes the facts come alive. Socionomics is the kind of rigorous tool that helps find stories, even as it sheds light on the facts that matter most. Please listen and enjoy.
If his blunt words or insults hurt your feelings, too bad. As for the media, screw them too -- he's the master of his own message… Those words clearly bring to mind a certain leading presidential contender, but as Pop Trends, Price Culture explains, the big-picture truth goes far beyond any ONE candidate...
Socio News in 200 Seconds | Memorable is an easy word to define: "Worth remembering" (so says Merriam-Webster). And, memorable absolutely applies to each of our news items this week. Yet as you read on, you'll also see what's missing from the dictionary definition -- namely, "How mood makes memorable happen."
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.