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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
Legalization: An influence for teens to smoke pot? The 'King of emotional arguments' goes up against a serious body of facts and evidence, as this episode of Pop Trends Price Culture considers whether the social mood trend will finish what it started.
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 for the answers.
When and where did a national audience first read about popular culture and the stock market? This episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture answers that question, and spells out why the insight about social mood is more relevant today than ever.
We don't think of The Pilgrims as "risk takers," but the fact is that they took risks on a scale few of us can even imagine. Yet the smartest risk the Pilgrims took is the one few people even know. Discover what it was in this episode -- plus a few thoughts on the risks of wise compassion.
What makes the upheaval in Syria SO impossible is that 15 separate countries have active military operations in that country. The war also involves non-state group like ISIS, the Kurds, and Hezbollah. With a crisis this thorny, new or useful insights are in short supply. Can we shed light on how you see this conflict? In a word, yes...
"I'm sorry" -- it's the first truly hard-to-say phrase we repeat as children. We all know why apologies matter. Yet with big public apologies, what about the when? Are big apologies more frequent in certain recognizable eras? Pop Trends, Price Culture explains how social mood feeds the emotions that motivate "I'm sorry"...
“The Most Important Thing in the World…” Yes, that is the conventional wisdom about the fed funds rate. No, we are not putting words in anyone’s mouth. Someone really said it: Hear that audio clip – and lots more – for yourself. Pop Trends, Price Culture considers what really is (and is not) “the most important thing…”
Can two economists from opposing schools of thought share the Nobel Prize in the same year? They can ... and they did. Yet this mixed-up decision becomes clear when you see it as a story about mixed...
The only thing worse than making a bad decision is to make a bad decision and think that it's good.
Halloween is right around the corner: This episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture pays tribute to the greatest and most chilling 'Trick or Treat' prank of the 20th century. Let's just say that, if anything, America's mood was a bit too ready for this one. Plus, a link to the free video we call "History’s Hidden Engine."
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 part one of an exceptional two-part story. Plus, a link to the free video we call "History's Hidden Engine."
The public loves portrayals of vigilante justice. Memorable vigilantes are sometimes a ‘good guy,’ other times they are … something else. Why? Where did those characters come from? Are there ever ‘good guy’ vigilantes in the real world? These great questions get great answers in this episode of Pop Trends, Prices Culture. Plus, read Bob Prechter's original essay that explains the link between pop culture & the stock market (free!).
More than 80 percent of economists predicted it would happen. The Fed would raise interest rates. It would be the 'All Clear' signal for the economy. But... it didn't happen. The entire economics profession was caught off guard. Listen to the 'follow up story' you won't get anyplace else.
Just before he was re-elected, the President assured the public that America would not go to war. But go to war it did -- complete with harsh anti-immigration laws, and tens of thousands of naturalized citizens in "relocation camps." No, this isn't a re-run of our previous episode. Different president, different war -- but social mood was very much alike.